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ALBA Summit Acknowledges Progress on Regional Integration

CUBA, December 14, 2009.- Presidents and heads of delegations to the 8th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) recognized the unquestionable progress achieved by this regional integration and cooperation bloc over its five years of existence, as well as its effectiveness as a social, political and economic group.

The Summit’s Final Declaration released this afternoon includes the ratification of ALBA’s founding principles and public statements made in the summit meetings and other events held by the group over the past five years of successful efforts.

The document highlights the outcomes in favor of justice and for a better distribution of wealth to achieve greater development and increase the participation of people, while trying to eliminate marginality.

Likewise, the dignitaries of the nine ALBA member countries unanimously slammed the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.

They firmly condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the five Cuban antiterrorists unjustly imprisoned in the United States since 1998.

The Final Statement decries the installation of American military bases in Colombia and the coup d’état in Honduras against constitutional President Manuel Zelaya, as well as the illegitimate presidential election recently held in that nation.

In addition, the document highlights the increasingly significant role of social movements in the region not only regarding their support of popular and national processes, but also the resistance to the offensive of right-wing forces led in the continent by the U.S.

The dignitaries welcomed the electoral victory of President Evo Morales in Bolivia as “an expression of the support of our peoples to progressive processes and of social transformation based on equity, social justice, sovereignty and self-determination.”

The 8th ALBA Summit took place in Havana from December 11-14. It served as a framework for the inauguration of the ALBA Cultural House and to celebrate the 15th anniversary Hugo Chavez’s first visit to Cuba. (Cubaminrex-AIN)


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