02/13/13 - Agencia de Información Nacional (Habana) - Cuba Reaffirms Commitment to Latin America and the Caribbean
Havana, Feb 13 (acn) Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, said Cuba
will promote regional integration during its Pro Tempore presidency of the
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Granma newspaper reported that Rodriguez Parrilla held this Tuesday a
meeting with the Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States
(ACS), the Colombian Alfonso Múnera Cavadía, who is visiting the island.
During the talks, Rodriguez said Cuba will also contribute to the
continent's sub regional organizations.
Rodriguez Parrilla said they need to be working towards these economies
affected by the unjust international order, and for countries that are
vulnerable to the processes that are affecting the planet, such as climate
For his part, Secretary General of the ACS said that Caribbean cannot be
understood without Cuba or Latin America without the Caribbean, and
considered his organization as a great platform for cooperation and
revitalization, since it unites all countries in the area.
The ACS consists of 25 Member States belonging to the Greater Caribbean.
Its general objectives include, among others, to promote regional
cooperation in economic areas such as trade, foreign economic relations,
transport, and sustainable tourism.
Likewise preventing and reducing natural disaster risk and the preservation
and conservation of the Caribbean Sea.
Cuba is a member of the ACS since its founding on July 24, 1994 in
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
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