The People’s Summit Supports Regional Peace Zone

presidentes-cumbre-americas[1]Havana, Cuba, Apr 13.- The People’s Summit confirmed on Saturday in Panama City, its support for the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace and rejected the military harassment, assaults and threats of the United States and its strategic allies.

The document was approved by over 3,500 representatives of labor, union, farmers, indigenous people, students, women, social and popular movement organizations of the Americas.

Fernando Falcon, representative of the WFTU, read the document in the presence of presidents Nicolas Maduro, of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; and Rafael Correa, of ​​Ecuador, in a combative meeting held in the auditorium of the University of Panama, shortly after the end of the 7th Summit of the Americas.

“We support the statements by the General Secretariat of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) requesting the exclusion of all military bases in our Region of Peace and affirming that no country has the right to judge the conduct of another and much less to impose sanctions or punishments on their own,” points out the text.”

“We demand, along with all governments in the world except the United States and Israel, the immediate and unconditional lifting of the criminal blockade against the Republic of Cuba by the US government, without further condition than that of respect for International Law and the UN Charter,” the document adds.

Likewise, delegates to this meeting demanded that U.S. President Barack Obama “immediately repealed” the executive order that characterizes Venezuela as a threat to the national security of his country and that deserved the unanimous rejection of the Americas.

“We the Peoples of America reaffirm that Puerto Rico is a Latin American and Caribbean nation with its own distinct identity and history, the rights to independence and sovereignty of which are violated by a colonial tutelage imposed for over a century now in an illegal, unjust and immoral way by the U.S. imperialism,” reads the text.

They also expressed their support for peace in Colombia and requested that a firm process, with social justice, is built to facilitate its success.

They also demonstrated their support for the recovery of the Falklands by Argentina and for Bolivia’s demand to have access to the sea.

The signatories demanded the immediate withdrawal of occupation troops from Haiti and the clarification by the Government of Mexico of the forced disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa.

“We express the urgent need for the construction and deepening of a new society with social justice and gender equality, with the active participation of youngsters and of the various social actors, with solidarity as a basic principle for a comprehensive and sovereign development of our peoples -a true democracy,” states the document.

The text includes a special statement against neoliberal policies considered to be “an effective instrument for deepening poverty, destitution, inequality, exclusion and the most unfair distribution of wealth known today.”

Therefore they call to struggle and defend natural resources, biodiversity, food sovereignty, achievements and social rights, among them employment, work, social security and freedom of association, among other problems currently plaguing majorities.

They welcomed the initiative to create the bloc of workers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which helps the need for unity in order to build a balance of forces capable of replacing the dominant power with another that defends popular interests.

Unlike the People’s Summit, the 7th Summit of the Americas, closed by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela had no Final Declaration, due to lack of consensus.

It was learned that the next meeting will take place in Lima, Peru, although the date has not yet been specified.(can)

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