Six CELAC Medals at the 2017 World Athletic Championships after day 4

August 7 2017

Source:  IAAF medal table

At the end of day 4, CELAC countries have earned 6 of the 46 medals won by 26 countries.

Jamaica and Venezuela each have two medals, a gold and a silver, while Cuba and Colombia have a bronze and a silver respectively.

This places Jamaica and Venezuela as joint 5th position holders on the medal table while Kenya (5), Ethiopia (3) and South Africa (3) rank 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

The CELAC medal winners are:

Jamaica: 

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Usain Bolt, bronze 100m

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Jamaica’s Omar McLeod added the world 110 metres hurdles title to his Olympic crown in London on Monday.  McLeod, 23, led from start to finish to take the title in 13.04 seconds from defending champion Sergey Shubenkov with Balazs Baji of Hungary taking a surprise bronze.

Venezuela

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Yulimar Rojas, gold, triple jump

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Robeilys Peinado, bronze (joint), pole vault

Source:  TeleSUR

The 19-year-old Peinado was the youngest athlete to compete in the competition. She was ecstatic at the historic win. 

Pole vaulter Robeilys Peinado became the first Venezuelan to win a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in London.

The 19-year-old Peinado was the youngest athlete to compete in the competition. She was ecstatic at the historic win.

“It’s very unexpected,” said Peinado. “When my coach (the Ukrainian Vyacheslav Kalinichenko) was calling me to give me the flag, I did not believe it. He would tell me, ‘I can not be third,’ until I saw him and saw him on the screen.” she told El Nuevo Herald.

“I will not be able to sleep tonight,” she added.

Peinado shared the bronze with Cuba’s Yarisley Silva, both with a record of 4.65 meters. Peinado’s vault equaled her national record, Reuters reported.

“At first I was uncomfortable because I’m not accustomed to sharing a mat with such athletes. But now I am included in that group,” Peinado said.

“I met Yarisley when I started my steps on the pole, and now I’m sharing the podium with her. What more can I ask for? ”

Twelve athletes made it to the final round. Peinado qualified in third place with a score of 4.56 meters, according to the World Athletics Federation.

Cuba

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Yarisley Silva, bronze(joint), pole vault

Colombia

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Caterine Ibarguen, silver, triple jump

UN General Assembly honors Fidel

Source:  Granma
December 21 2016

by: TELESUR | internet@granma.cu

Organized by Cuba’s permanent commission to the UN, the special tribute was requested by a group of countries from several continents.

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On December 20, the United Nations General Assembly paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, who died last November 25.
The special tribute was organized by Cuba’s permanent commission to the UN, following a request by a group of countries from several continents.

Representatives speaking on behalf of global and regional organizations recalled Fidel and his legacy, according to reports by Telesur.
Venezuela’s permanent representative to the UN, Rafael Ramírez, noted that his country is eternally grateful to Fidel for his support of the Bolivarian Revolution. “I had the privilege of hearing him speak, of meeting and working closely with this globally renowned politician,” he stated.

A wise, modest man, loyal to his people and his socialism

Ramírez described Fidel as a wise, modest man, loyal to his people and his socialism. “On behalf of Venezuela we pay heartfelt tribute to a giant of Latin America and the Caribbean, as Nicolás Maduro said, Fidel has fulfilled his task, history has absolved him, and now it’s our turn to uphold his name.”

Likewise, Dominican Ambassador, Francisco Cortorreal, speaking on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), highlighted the importance of Fidel’s legacy for regional integration, based on the principles of sovereignty, peace, and solidarity among peoples, reported Prensa Latina.

Meanwhile, the Group of 77+China described the leader of the Cuban Revolution as an extraordinary statesman.

The UN’s solemn tribute to Fidel Castro began with a minute’s silence, after which Assembly President, Peter Thomson, highlighted the vision of the revolutionary leader, with his call to save the world from war, underdevelopment, hunger, poverty, and the destruction of natural resources vital to the survival of the human species

Daniel Ortega, an iconic regional leader with a Bolivarian vision

Source:  El19digital
November 11 2015

daniel ortega 11.jpgSteadfast in his principles

The road traveled by Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra in these 70 years of life has not been easy. Despite the obstacles and complex situations which have arisen throughout his life, Daniel has remained steadfast in his principles, values and beliefs, which determine his character as a statesman and Latin American leader.

As a propeller of Latin American and Caribbean unity, and Peace and Justice for the peoples of the world, Daniel has transcended the borders of Nicaragua and is recognized internationally as a revolutionary leader whose voice is a light on the way that people must travel to reach their full independence and self – determination.

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On this day, November 11, 2015, as he celebrated his 70th birth anniversary, diplomats, politicians and analysts who have known him for many years report that Daniel is, of course, as is Chavez and Fidel, a symbol of Latin American and Caribbean Unity  that continues to struggle for equality, the restoration of rights and freedom for the great majority of the people of the region.

A Bolivarian, a builder of the Patria Grande

Javier Arrúe, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Nicaragua, says that Daniel is a continuation of the integration and independence of Latin America and the Caribbean, initiated by Simon Bolivar and continued by heroes like Marti and Sandino, who were also builders of the Patria Grande.

in that sense, Arrúe noted that “Commander Daniel is one of those historical men, one of those men who continue to set the path of Latin America and the Caribbean peoples who are struggling for freedom , for sovereignty, for Integration “.

To the diplomat, Bolivarian Daniel is a man who has led a life with an absolutely crystal clear position consistent with the path of the Sandinista revolution which favors the excluded and ignored by society.

“Daniel is a historical reference of dignity, sovereignty, courage, clarity , ” says Arrúe.

The ambassador also explained that the Venezuelan people appreciate the Nicaraguan leader, because he has expressed and demonstrated his infinite solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian revolution.

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Daniel, building strong ties between the peoples of the world

The Latin American and Caribbean peoples are not the only witness to the solidarity of Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra. People of the world such as the Palestinians suffering constant attacks from the powers of the empire, are present every day in the mind and heart of the revolutionary leader.

Muhammad Amrro, new Ambassador of Palestine in Nicaragua recognizes that Daniel has transcended borders of America and is widely known in the Middle East.

Particularly with Palestine, Amrro says that Daniel has cultivated a close friendship with his people, forging strong historical ties and championing the cause of the Palestinian people in all international forums.

“The Commander Daniel Ortega has played a key role, both being in government before and then after in all forums for Palestine. We also remember in the 80s when he was in the area doing mediation for the war in Iraq. These historical ties have been strong, very good and the role of Nicaragua and President Daniel Ortega have always been in favor of the Palestinian cause, in favor of the struggle of the Palestinian people to create their own state in the middle east and to have our freedom and our sovereignty , “said the Palestinian ambassador.

” In every forum he has never stopped at any time, throughout these years of talking about the Palestinian cause, (that) we must recognize the State of Palestine “reiterates the diplomat, noting that Nicaragua has played an important role in favor of Palestine.

“This we value and appreciate as Palestinians because almost all Nicaragua vote is in favor of recognizing the State of Palestine based on international law. That relationship has always been very good, historic, very strong and we continue the work we have done through our ambassadors here at all levels. We are working to further strengthen these relations between peoples, between the two revolutions, between the two states , “said Amrro.

 

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Cuba:  we see Daniel as a loyal and consistent brother

“Cubans see in Daniel a brother who has always been ours, very loyal, very consistent with Fidel, Raul,  . . .  he has always been there for us in defense of the Cuban Revolution,”said the ambassador of Cuba in Nicaragua, Eduardo Martinez.

The diplomat said that Daniel has had a fruitful life not only for the Nicaraguan people, but for humanity and the revolutionary people.

Martinez recalls that over the years Daniel has remained loyal to Cuba and its people.

“He was a voice that is listened to with great respect in international forums, when he goes, when he speaks, and even when he does not go to the  United Nations, because one doesn’t always have the possibility of being there physically, but there is his message because other government officials are speaking for him, whether it be the Vice President, the Chancellor, the Ambassador, it is the voice of Commander Daniel representing the Sandinista revolution, the Sandinista people; condemning the blockade; in the struggle for the liberation of the Cuban Five, defending the Palestinian people; defending the just cause of the Puerto Rican brother people.

“Consequently, I think that’s what most admired from the international point of view – the projection of Commander Daniel Ortega as anti – imperialist, revolutionary, firm and never-faltering “.

For the Cuban diplomat, the Nicaraguan president maintains a line of thinking with consequential action.

“That is admirable in the case of Comandante Daniel who has devoted many years of his life to this fight … this is why we admire and respect him, in Cuba he is a beloved figure, “says Martínez.

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The ambassador also highlights the close friendship of Comandante Daniel Ortega with leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Commanders Fidel and Raul Castro.

” It’s a brotherhood of many years, we always remember that the Nicaraguan revolution triumphed in 1979, exactly 20 years after the victory of the Cuban revolution; we always remember all the support over all those years, even in preparing the struggle of many guerrillas of the Frente Sandinista, including Daniel himself, in Cuba.  That formed, forged a friendship and a very strong brotherhood between our leaders, which today remains among Fidel, Raul, Daniel and Compañera Rosario.  There is a brotherhood that transcends any kind of conjunctural situation and is really of the heart,” said the ambassador.

” That’s nice, because in the end we are human beings and human beings who have a historical responsibility.  As Commander, Daniel  was able to transcend his era.  If we are able to leave that mark on international relations, I think we are worthy of admiration,” he added.

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Bulwark of Nicaraguan international policy

To Deputy Jose Figueroa, Commander Daniel is an important foreign policy stronghold for NIcaragua. Figueroa recalls that Daniel played an important role in the peace processes in Central America.

“The Comandante Daniel Ortega we saw in the processes of Contadora, in the negotiation processes for Peace in Central America, the peace agreements in Nicaragua; and in times of opposition also Commander Ortega was an outstanding international leader.  We also saw him with a strong stance defending the position of Cuba, the rights of Puerto Rico, pronouncing our opposition on  the US bases in Cuba, we saw him in the Non-Aligned Movement, as an outstanding leader and most recently Commander Ortega has also been present with great force in the formation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) with President Chávez, along with Commander Fidel, with Evo Morales and other leaders of the ALBA ,” Figueroa said.

For the Sandinista deputy, Commander Daniel enjoys great prestige and great moral authority as a statesman and as a Latin American leader.

“Commander Ortega is recognized not only because of the level of commitment he has displayed throughout his political history but also because of his good governance as head of the presidential administration in Nicaragua. His work is also recognized in many other areas such as public safety, tourism, foreign investment and public-private partnership,” says Figueroa.

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Nicaragua knows that it is on the right track

The General (R) Alvaro Baltodano, presidential adviser for investments argues that Commander Daniel has favored in his government in the last two presidential terms a  philosophy of dialogue and a partnership model, leading the country in the right direction.

According to Baltodano this approach has gained the support of more than 70% of the country’s population and is recognized internationally as well as at the level of financial multilateral organizations.

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Respected by the World Bank and the IMF

“The alliance sees President Ortega working with the private sector closely; sitting with the national social movements of Nicaragua,  while progress is seen in the fight against poverty … the multilateral organizations, which measure all countries with a parameter and the parameters say that Nicaragua has made progress in the fight against poverty,” Baltodano said.

” the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, say the economy walks well, the rating agencies have given us a better level. The president is clear that that is not enough, we must do more, we must make qualitative leaps, and he has proposed making large strategic projects in Nicaragua, strategic projects are not created if there is no will to do it,” added General (R) Alvaro Baltodano.

Reference of Latin American revolutions

History has linked Daniel and Nicaragua, one cannot speak of Daniel Ortega and not mention Nicaragua, and vice versa.

Aminta Buenaño, Ambassador of Ecuador in Nicaragua, expressed the fraternal greetings and wishes for health and prosperity at the 70 birth anniversary of Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra.

As she says, “Daniel Ortega for Ecuadorians is a reference of Latin American revolutions, (he) is a very important historical reference, which should be taken into account when speaking of integration, sovereignty, justice and equity in Latin America. ”

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Buenaño argues that Daniel is a very important partner in the framework of the ALBA countries for his willingness to cooperate, support and his solidarity especially with Latin America.

“In this regard, Ecuador has a special predisposition, a special friendship toward Nicaragua, to President Daniel Ortega, who during his tenure has displayed consistent credibility, a sense of justice to his word and especially a commitment to the development of this beautiful country Nicaragua, a country which has been a cradle of poets and revolutionaries,” said the diplomat.

” with his words, his actions, his historical struggles, Commander Daniel, has marked a line inside which means that important strategic geopolitical space. He is ALBA. ALBA is a fundamental space for all countries seeking integration and economic sovereignty of our region. In this sense Commander Daniel Ortega is a leader also in the struggle and history of ALBA ,” says Buenaño.

For the ambassador of the South American country, Daniel Ortega has developed a tenacious struggle against poverty and for equity and distribution of wealth, “so we feel we are following the same path, the same path and all are countries that are united in regional bodies such as the CELAC and ALBA “.

Daniel is the best son of Sandino

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Former Foreign Minister, Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann said that Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a reference figure not only in Latin America but the world.

“Even in the past, most recondite corners of the world Daniel is known, Daniel is respected, Daniel is admired for his fidelity to the ideals, for those wonderful ideals for which our heroes and martyrs fought , and being hands down the best son of Sandino and the undisputed leader always of  the Sandinista National Liberation Front, that much resonance was worldwide ,” says the priest.

Brockmann stresses that President Daniel is also a leader in environmental protection of mother earth and in the fight for equality and dignity of every human being.

The former foreign minister’s role has been filled by Rosario Murillo.

“I always find that she has also contributed much to complement the necessarily more masculine vision of Daniel … That I would have mentioned in several countries, they tell me, but father how is this done … being like Daniel, and listening to women?  And Daniel is lucky Rosario also helps you to have this more holistic view of human beings , “he said.

 

Vice Halleslevens: Commander Daniel has transcended the borders of America

On the occasion of the birth anniversary of President of the Republic, Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra, Vice President Omar Halleslevens,  said that the Sandinista leader and current president has transcended the borders of Nuestramérica and has become a true Latin American leader.

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“I think Daniel has become truly known in Nicaragua today, … Daniel is an undeniable leader for all he has done for this country through discipline, because in these things, often discipline is important,” said General (R) Omar Halleslevens.

General Halleslevens confirms that Daniel is a leader for Latin America because of his continued participation in the life of the country , because as a leader he has been developing successful public policies, … “that’s completely undeniable, that’s a fact Daniel Ortega has for a while in this country, and hopefully, we will have many more decades of leadership as he has been demonstarting and that the people will continue to have all these victories and successes that has been occurring every day,…these pockets of extreme poverty, these pockets still hungry in our country, are gradually reduced as blissfully is happening in Nicaragua and that has been recognized by international organizations , “says Halleslevens.

According to the Vice President, Daniel has managed to lead the country in the right direction. “Today we have robust macroeconomic indicators which show that tourism is growing, foreign direct investment is growing every year, the stability that the country continues to deepen and that all this is for the welfare of the people of Nicaragua.”

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Colombian gov’t, FARC rebels sign historic ceasefire agreement in Cuba (Video)

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raul the peace maker 5Raul:  Peace is not a utopia

“Peace will be a victory not only for the entire Colombia, but also for all of Our America. The short history of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) recorded a major landmark, which was the proclamation of this region as a Zone of Peace.

The end of the armed conflict in Colombia will be a new evidence of the rock-solid commitment of our peoples against the use and the threat of use of force and in favor of the peaceful settlement of controversies. In the face of differences, dialogue is of the essence. In the face of challenges concerted actions should prevail.

The achievement of peace in Colombia will also represent a hope for millions of persons in the planet, whose main concern continues to be the human survival in a world shaken by violence and wars.

Peace is not a utopia; it is a legitimate right of every human being and of all peoples. It is a fundamental condition for the enjoyment of all human rights, particularly the supreme right to life.”    Raul Castro

Cuba: It is essential to defend the unity of CELAC

Source:  Granma
January 28 2016

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Full text of speech by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, at the IV Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held in Quito, Ecuador, January 27

(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

Dear President Rafael Correa;
Heads of State and Government;
Heads of delegations and guests:

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez 2.jpgJust over four years ago, when Our America commemorated the bicentenary of its independence struggles, the 33 states of the region came together for the first time, with a common aim.

Miguel Díaz-Canel, First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers. Photo: TELESUR

Since then it has been demonstrated, just as President Raúl Castro Ruz stated in his speech to the National Assembly of People’s Power of the Republic of Cuba last December 29, that “it is essential to defend the unity of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), as an indispensable, legitimate, unitary mechanism of political agreement and integration…”

The Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace

In recent years, the challenges and dangers facing Latin America and the Caribbean have multiplied, due to an increasingly complex and unstable international political and economic situation. As such, working together in unity, while respecting our diversity and our differences, constitutes an indisputable necessity.

To this end, the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, officially signed in Havana on January 29, 2014, commits us to respect the inalienable right of every state to choose its own political, economic, social and cultural system; to peacefully resolve our differences, and not to intervene, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of other states.

A problem to solve among ourselves

Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most unequal region in the world in terms of wealth distribution. Current statistics, despite the questionable concepts on which they are based, demonstrate that 397 million of our citizens, or 63%, are immersed in a state of vulnerability and poverty, a figure that could increase, given the adverse international economic conditions.

That a single Latin American or Caribbean go hungry, or not know how to read and write, or be plunged into poverty, is a concern for all, which we must resolve together.

That in Latin America and the Caribbean differences proliferate, and we are unable to solve them by means of dialogue; or we are intolerant of the diversity of political, economic and social systems; or indifferent to the very particular problems of small island countries in our region, is also a problem to solve among ourselves.

Cuba believes in cooperation, solidarity and the need for collective action

Cuba believes in cooperation, solidarity and the need for collective action, beyond egotism and intransigence. We have in CELAC the principles and mechanisms to achieve this.

We enjoy, among the achievements of this Community, instruments to define common positions in extra-regional relations, in compliance with the tenets of the Proclamation (of a Zone of Peace), which all states are urged to fully respect in their relations with our countries.

In this spirit, we are profoundly grateful for the solidarity of our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean regarding the demand for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government against Cuba, which remains intact despite the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries; the support for the territory illegally occupied for over a century by the naval base of the United States in the Cuban province of Guantánamo to be returned to our people; and support for legal, orderly, safe migration in our region and an end to policies such as the wet foot-dry foot” policy, which encroach on the human rights of migrants and create many difficulties for countries in our region, particularly transit countries.

Our strongest support to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

In the same vein of solidarity, we reiterate our strongest support to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the victim of a complicated international economic situation, aggravated by prolonged economic, media and psychological warfare, and numerous destabilizing acts encouraged and supported from abroad. We demand the repeal of the Executive Order of President Obama, declaring Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security, and the elimination of the sanctions applied on this basis to Venezuelan citizens. We reiterate that the Venezuelan government and people deserve the broadest regional and international solidarity.

Progress made in the peace talks between the government of Colombia and the FARC-EP

We note the progress made in the peace talks between the government of Colombia and the FARC-EP, which are closer than ever to ending the conflict that has afflicted the country for over half a century. Cuba, as guarantor and host nation, will continue contributing to these efforts.

Our support for the people of Puerto Rico in the search for self-determination and independence remains invariable, as reiterated by CELAC.

We support the efforts of the Argentine Republic to recover the legitimately Argentine territories of the Islas Malvinas, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

We continue to accompany the Republic of Ecuador in its demands on transnational corporations who refuse to recognize and correct the serious ecological damage done in the Amazon, and the government of the Citizens’ Revolution against destabilizing attempts.

Solidarity and support to President Dilma Rousseff

We also extend our solidarity and support to President Dilma Rousseff and the brotherly people of Brazil in the battle being waged to defend the social and political gains of the last 13 years.

We stand in solidarity with the countries of the Caribbean in their great efforts to address the effects of climate change; we reject the unfair policies of international financial institutions which prevent their access to financial resources due to their Gross Domestic Product, and we support their demands for reparations for the damages of slavery and colonialism.

José Martí

Tomorrow, January 28, the 163rd anniversary of the birth of Cuba’s national hero, José Martí, author of the political essay “Our America”, which constitutes a fundamental contribution to the ideals of the continental, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist unity of our peoples, will be commemorated. With his foresight, Martí called on us to implant the world in our republics, but noted that the trunk must be that of our republics.

Tonight, young Cubans, in tribute to Martí, will march with their torches held high from the University of Havana to the site where he suffered imprisonment and forced labor; this is a tradition dating back 63 years, in which many of our heads of state and government participated, on the occasion of the Second CELAC Summit, held in Havana two years ago.

The Republic of Ecuador and its President Rafael Correa

Allow me, finally, to congratulate the Republic of Ecuador and its President Rafael Correa for their efforts in leading CELAC, and thank the Ecuadorian people for welcoming us so warmly to their country.

We pledge our support to the Dominican Republic and President Danilo Medina during their period leading the pro tempore presidency of CELAC that commences now.

Thank you (Applause).

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Ecuador’s Rafael Correa: CELAC Should Replace OAS

Source: TeleSUR
January 20 2016

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The Ecuadorean president argued that forcing Latin American countries to travel to Washington to settle disputes is an outdated model for the region.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said Wednesday that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, known as CELAC, should replace the Organization of American States as the regional integration mechanism for Latin America.

“Our perspective is that we hope that CELAC replace the OAS very soon,” said Correa during a press conference in the Presidential Palace in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito.

Correa reiterated his opinion that it is not appropriate that Latin American and Caribbean states have to travel to the OAS headquarters in Washington, instead of being able to settle disputes on their own turf.

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The resurgence of right-wing politics

Correa also warned that the resurgence of right-wing politics in the region threatens to undermine the integration progress made in recent years.

“Experience has shown that beyond the ideological orientation of the government, integration is a common denominator,” said Correa, adding that the regional fight against poverty must continue to be a CELAC priority despite ideological differences between its members.

The president’s comments come ahead of the annual CELAC Summit, to be hosted in Ecuador next week at the UNASUR headquarters north of Quito.

Correa also announced plans to urge CELAC to support a U.N. initiative aimed at holding transnational corporations accountable for human rights abuses.

The proposed mechanism would be similar to the Hague International Court of Justice and act as a counterweight to the World Back investor-state arbitration that allows corporations to sue countries over policies that infringe on their future profits.

CELAC was founded in 2010 and is made up of 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Unlike the OAS, which was founded in 1948, CELAC does not include the U.S. and Canada.

Haiti Calls on CELAC to Oversee Presidential Runoff Election

Source:   TeleSUR
January 27 2016

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Haiti has asked CELAC to help the country find a solution to its recent political crisis.

Haiti has called on the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States for help in ensuring its second round of presidential elections are free and transparent.

celac 4th summit logo.jpgSpeaking at the fourth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, Haiti representative Lener Renauld asked the regional body to send a delegation made up of four representatives from member countries to assist with the electoral process.

Massive accusations of electoral fraud

Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, is facing political unrest due to massive accusations of electoral fraud during the first-round elections in October. The Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti recently cancelled the second round of presidential elections scheduled for Jan. 26 indefinitely due to security concerns as demonstrators burnt cars, barricaded roads and hurled rocks in protest of the alleged fraud.

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Haiti also asked for some technical assistance from the Organization of American States, despite criticisms from leaders such as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa that the organization works against Latin American integration.

However, the Venezuelan President Nicolas has extended support to Haiti, saying he hopes the Caribbean country can follow “ways of dialogue to resolve the huge conflict it has faced in recent days due to electoral disputes.”

Meanwhile, President Correa said he will send a mission that will collect as much information as they can in order to provide an objective position on the Caribbean nation’s conflict.