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Working Commissions in Session as ALBA Summit Begins in Ecuador

Cuba, June 24, 2010. The Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) began today in the Ecuadorean city of Otavalo with the participation of over 300 delegates and leaders of the native peoples and Afro-descendants from the ALBA member nations.

Working commissions are discussing topics related to cultural diversity and social, political and economic rights against racism.

Other topics being analyzed include public initiatives to face climate change; the right of nature; and foreign trade among the peoples.

The results of these discussions will be presented to the heads of state and government who will approve the “Declaration of Otavalo”.

The member countries of ALBA, a group for regional integration and cooperation, are Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prensa Latina reports that Ecuadorean President noted that the summit aims at coordinating policies with the native peoples of the region.

“An example of this, he said, is that the new Ecuadorean constitution names Ecuador as a plurinational State.”

He added that it is necessary to define common policies regarding the use of non renewable sources of energy, which should be exploited in a responsible and environment-friendly manner.

“We are ready to increase our trade with all countries upon the principles of mutual respect, sovereignty, development and mutual benefit,” he pointed out. (Cubaminrex - ACN)

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