Alberto Fernández at the Summit of the Americas
President Alberto Fernández gave a harsh speech during the Summit of the Americas when referring to the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, countries that were not invited amid complaints of human rights violations. “We definitely would have wanted another Summit of the Americas,” he lamented in his exposition. On the other hand, he invited his counterpart from the United States, Joe Biden, to the next CELAC meeting and proposed to organize food production worldwide.
The President lamented that “all of us who should have been present were not present, in this environment that is so propitious for debate,” in clear reference to Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, countries that were not invited to the Summit of the Americas due to the denunciations of systematically violating human rights in their countries and failing to meet the most basic standards of a democracy.
“From the periphery in which we are placed, Latin America and the Caribbean look with pain at the suffering that sister peoples endure. Cuba supports a blockade of more than six decades imposed in the years of the Cold War and Venezuela tolerates another one while a pandemic that devastates humanity drags millions of lives with it, ”Fernández added in his speech.
As he considered, “with measures of this type they seek to condition governments, but in fact they only harm the people.” “We definitely would have wanted another Summit of the Americas. The silence of the absent challenges us. So that this does not happen again, I would like to make it clear for the future that the fact of being the host country of the Summit does not grant the ability to impose a ‘right of admission’ on the member countries of the continent. Dialogue in diversity is the best instrument to promote democracy, modernization and the fight against inequality”, he added.
Alberto Fernández and Joseph Biden during the opening of the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles
In his speech, he directly challenged Joe Biden and recalled that the years of Donald Trump “were marked by an immensely damaging policy for our region deployed by the administration that preceded him. It is time for those policies to change and the damage to be repaired.” In addition, he invited the US president to participate in the next CELAC meeting: “I dream that in a fraternally united America, we commit ourselves to the fact that all human beings who inhabit our continent have the right to bread, land, a roof over their heads and a Decent job”.
“The world is being threatened by hate opportunists who sow discouragement in peoples hard hit by the pandemic. It’s time to face them. Latin America and the Caribbean are aware of the need for integration as a basic condition to achieve development”, Fernandez considered.
Referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the consequences on food production, he proposed “two major objectives: let us organize the production of food and protein continentally and develop our enormous potential for energy and critical minerals for the ecological transition.”
He also took the opportunity to refer to climate change: “The Caribbean suffers from it in a dramatic way and there is no time to wait for answers. We are environmental creditors. We provide oxygen to the planet and we are not responsible for emitting the gases that cause the greenhouse effect. The environmental injustice that we live destroys our continent. We must face the ecological transition with sufficient financial aid to mobilize innovation with social justice”.
“Argentina is a peaceful country. We continue to claim through diplomatic channels the legitimate rights that we have over our Malvinas Islands. We continue to rely on dialogue. After the tragedy of the pandemic, we look at wars as the triumph of human callousness,” he added.
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