Friday, February 10th 2012 - 02:03 UTC

Debate on Cuba’s attendance to the coming Americas summit in Colombia

The Cuban government has expressed its interest in attending the coming Summit of the Americas scheduled for next April in Cartagena, revealed Colombian Foreign Affairs minister Maria Angela Holguin following a visit to Havana.

Hard to see President Obama shaking hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro on an electoral year

“I met with Foreign Affairs minister Bruno Rodriguez and President Raul Castro and they told me they were interested in attending the Summit of the American”, said Holguin who pointed out that the decision does not belong only to the host but is “a consensus decision among the member countries involved in the summits’ process”.

But Holguin promised that Colombia “would lead the diplomatic initiative towards that objective”.

Last week at the meeting of ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas) leaders, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa proposed that the group should not attend the VI Summit of the Americas, 14/15 April, if Cuba is not invited.

ALBA is made up of Venezuela (paymaster), Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The administration of President Barack Obama who is scheduled to visit Colombia has pointed out its position contrary to a discussion on the presence of Cuba at the summit.

The first Summit of the Americas took place in Miami in 1994 with the attendance of all leaders from Organization of American States country members.

Holguin said that it is in the hands of Cuba whether it decides or not to return to the OAS, since in 2009 the five decade suspension of Havana was lifted. However so far Cuba has not requested to open a dialogue for the possible return to OAS, recalled earlier in the week Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.

Holguin pointed out that if the host country, in this case Colombia, invites Cuba, the Cuban delegates will not be able to participate in all debates, “and I doubt Cubans will want to come without being able to participate in all debates”.

Therefore “this issue will be addressed based on an understanding from all countries and we are going to work diplomatically, and with no leaks to the media on how negotiations are evolving”, concluded Holguin.

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1 ChrisR (#) Feb 10th, 2012 - 08:27 pm Report abuse
'Hard to see President Obama shaking hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro on an electoral year'

This utter failure as a POTUS will do anything he can to get a second term.

However, he would probably get elected with a landslide if he personally shot the bastard.
2 JuanStanic (#) Feb 11th, 2012 - 12:05 am Report abuse
ChrisR, explain how is Obama a utter failure. I mean he could be a failure from certain points of view. But a utter one?

On the Cuban debate, I think they should go. But an agreement should be made with USA, because they being pissed off won't do any good on the meeting.
3 ChrisR (#) Feb 11th, 2012 - 09:48 am Report abuse
2 JuanStanic

It is never possible to prove a negative: please give me an example of a POSITIVE you think he has achieved.

Just one will do.
4 JuanStanic (#) Feb 11th, 2012 - 07:14 pm Report abuse
He ended restriction on steam cells research.
5 ChrisR (#) Feb 11th, 2012 - 11:31 pm Report abuse
4 JuanStanic

That was a positive from the US multi-nationals only.

Some great research had been done in the UK by then, do you have another example please?
6 JuanStanic (#) Feb 12th, 2012 - 03:11 am Report abuse
Nevertheless he favoured it, and the position of the president is always very influencial in this sort of things.

And no head of goverment can do something good without the help from people and the legislatives.

Em, he decided to put an end to troops in Irak, and he didn't let the US economy to worsen so much.
7 ChrisR (#) Feb 12th, 2012 - 01:52 pm Report abuse
6 JuanStanic

“Em, he decided to put an end to troops in Irak, and he didn't let the US economy to worsen so much.”

Can't agree I am afraid. As a Senator he rammed a bill through enforcing Freddie and Fanny Mac to loan money to people who patently could not afford to pay the repayments if any problems appered in their circumstnces. Blacks mainly (surprise that?). These ar ethe poor devils who lost everything when the collaterised schemes were seen for what they were - scams.

Since being POTUS he has spent more than any other President - on the Medicare for the poor scheme. Billions and billions of dollars now and in the future for the 'poor people'.

Does anybody pay for your medical insurance? No, I did not think so.

There are also serious technical issues with the sceme that were not thought out when congress bounced it into changes before they would approve it, they fought it every step of the way of course.

Not only that but the deficit has accelerated faster than was predicted and when he had a chance to limit the spend (POTUS has to sign the increase of the congressional budget limit) he bottled out.

I rest my case.
8 JuanStanic (#) Feb 12th, 2012 - 07:53 pm Report abuse

It could have been a lot worse. Many economist were expecting the US economy to actually do worse. Quite worse.
Spending is not a problem as long as he spends it right.

The medical insurance here in Tierra del Fuego is free. We have a public institute which is compulsory, free and universal to all residents.
Besides, public hospital are free most of the times. The only you have to pay for is medicines, but only the cheap ones.

Also healthcare is right IMO.

On the deficit, time will tell if he was right or wrong.
9 xbarilox (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 04:44 am Report abuse
what a problem, the world is going crazy, what will we do?

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