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Machado Ventura Underlines Role of Venezuela in the Region

CUBA, April 19, 2010. The current role of Venezuela as agglutinating and pro-Latin American nation, was highlighted on Monday, during the main celebration to commemorate in this capital the bicentennial of that country’s independence.

“Once more, the land of Bolivar moves the entire continent, with airs of independence and dignity based on a generous sense of pro-Latin American solidarity” said José Ramón Machado Ventura, First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers.

Machado delivered the closing speech of the meeting, held at the Universal Hall of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), in the presence of other Cuban leaders, chiefs and officers from the FAR and the Ministry of the Interior, workers, and representatives from Venezuela, headed by their ambassador, Ronald Blanco.

After referring to Venezuela’s process of emancipation, which began on April 19, 1810, he recalled how national heroes of the stature of Francisco de Miranda and Simon Bolivar forged Venezuela’s dignity and nationality.

He highlighted that, at present, the process of integration that began under the Cuban and Bolivarian revolutions and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, is going through a difficult time.

After affirming that “without revolutionary Cuba, without the tenacious resistance inspired by the example of Fidel, the fate of the Latin American Revolution would be a different one”, he described President Hugo Chavez as a genuine leader of present time.

Prior to Machado Ventura’s speech, Ronald Blanco thanked the island for everything it has done and it still doing for his country and his people.

Also presiding over the meeting were, among others, Politburo members Esteban Lazo, Vice-president of the Council of State, and Abel Prieto and Yadira Garcia, ministers of Culture and Basic Industry, respectively. (Cubaminrex- ACN)

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