Spain supports Venezuelan-Cuban humanitarian proposals

Campaign News | Wednesday, 12 October 2005

Cooperation with Venezuela does not present a problem for the EU, says foreign minister

Salamanca, Spain, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos announced support Wednesday of a proposal by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to create an International Humanitarian Fund, and highlighted Cuba's contributions to the Ibero-American community.

In remarks to journalists during the Ibero-American Forum on Communication, Moratinos said that Venezuela and Cuba are promoting long-reaching commitments and proposals for all nations.

In his speech at the forum, sponsored by the organization of European journalists, the Spanish minister said that every member of this community acts with sovereignty.

Moratinos spoke at the seminar prior to attending the Foreign Ministers meeting, a gathering to prepare documents for the signature of government leaders on Saturday, at the 15th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government.

After noting the contributions of Cuba and Venezuela, Moratinos pleaded for institutionalized relations among all Ibero-American countries.

He denied that cooperation links between Caracas and Havana have a negative impact on European Union relations with Latin America.

The 15th Ibero-American Summit will end on Saturday with the signing of a Final Declaration and about 13 special communiqués, including one supporting Latin American nations devastated by Hurricane Stan.

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