Youth Forum in Russia Condemns US Blockade of Cuba

Moscow, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Russia-Celac Youth Forum (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) demanded on Friday an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, in its final declaration.

The document condemned the application of sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela by Washington and other countries, a subject that was debated at the Sovereignty and Security Committee of the event, whose president, Sonia Carballo, also referred to Nicaragua.

In the presentation of conclusions at the closing session of the conclave, Carballo recalled the discussion on the need to respect the human rights of the caravan of immigrants who are traveling to the US border, which was reflected in the statement.

However, at the aforementioned commission, the US aggressive policy against Nicaragua was also condemned and a Celac meeting was convened to deal with the issue of the caravan of thousands of foreigners, especially from Central America, who have already started arriving at the US border.

The declaration of the Russia-Celac Youth Forum favored a peaceful solution to that march and, on the other hand, considered necessary to give a permanent character to that meeting.

In addition, participants agree to take this discussion scheme (Russia-Celac) to other Latin American nations, and even extending its geography for a youth debate Celac-Africa, Celac-Asia and Celac-Middle East, among other formats.

The Economy and Investment Commission, the Culture and Education Commission, as well as the Energy Integration Commission also worked at the meeting, where possibilities for energy cooperation, the safe development of nuclear energy and the preparation of cadres in this field were addressed.

Hoglis Martinez, counselor of the Venezuelan mbassy for energy affairs and one of the main promoters of the event, said that an initiative planned only a year ago in the corridors of the University of Friendship with the Peoples (formerly Patricio Lumumba) became a reality.

The director of the Forum and a student of the Institute of Studies of Oil and Energy Gubkin, Juan Antonio Sánchez, stressed the importance of being present in the discussions by participants from dozens of countries in the past four days.

In addition to teachers from Russia and Latin America, representatives from Ghana, Sri Lanka, India, Canada, Kazakhstan and Moldova were also present.

The event, which was held at the Higher School of Economics and closed at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, brought together nearly 200 students from different schools in this capital.

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