CELAC-EU Condemn Blockade of Cuba and Support Colombian Peace Talks

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Rejection of the US blockade against Cuba among the main topics of the talks

Rejection to the US blockade against Cuba and support to dialogue in Colombia were among the main topic in the inaugural address of the Summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU).

During the inauguration ceremony, European Council President Donald Tusk, announced the blocs decision to promote a trust fund to support post-conflict actions.

Tusk praised the peace dialog being carried out by the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia.

He also hailed the process for the re-establishment and normalisations of relations between the United States and Cuba, announced last December 17th.

The EU “hopes for the complete normalisation of relations between Cuba and the United States and the end of the embargo”, said Tusk, in reference to the economic, commercial and financial siege imposed to Cuba for the last fifty years.

This unfair policy was also rejected by Ecuador’s Head of State and CELAC pro tempore president Rafael Correa, who hailed the victory of dignity and sovereignty of the Cuban people and the process of re-establishment of relations with the United States.

However, he recalled that it is still necessary to eliminate the inhumane blockade and return to Cuba the illegally occupied territory of Guantanamo Bay.

According to the official programme, during the first day of the Summit two closed-door sessions took place, one about the revitalisation of the CELAC-EU association and other about the need to face global challenges together.

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