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CELAC has not been created to exclude the US or Spain, says Iglesias

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 10:17 UTC
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Enrique Iglesias says regionalism must be supported Enrique Iglesias says regionalism must be supported

The head of the Ibero-American Secretariat Enrique Iglesias denied that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, to be created next July pretends to take distance from the United States or Spain.

“I think it is a very legitimate tendency that the same Latin American countries want to solve their problems among themselves. This does not mean they are going to isolate themselves from Spain or Portugal, or even from the United States”, said Iglesias currently attending the World Economic Forum taking place in Rio do Janeiro.

CELAC is a new organization which emerged from the Latin America and Caribbean integration and development summit (CALC) and the Rio Group, and completes all members from the Organization of American States with the exception of United States and Canada.

The official inauguration is scheduled for next July 5, in Caracas when Venezuela celebrates its 200th independence anniversary and a summit of regional leaders has been scheduled for the occasion.

Previously Foreign Affairs ministers from thirty countries of the region are to gather in Caracas for a CALC meeting in anticipation of the July 5 summit.

CELAC has been described by its promoters as the most ambitious Latin American integration project without the tutelage from countries outside the region such is the case of United States, a member of OAS, or Spain which is member of the Ibero-American community.

“It’s not an initiative to exclude but rather an instance in which Latin American countries are showing they are ready to solve their problems by themselves, and I believe this must be encouraged”, said Iglesias.

“I believe these new organizations are trying to, some way or another strengthen this tendency to promote regionalism, and from the Ibero-American community we sympathize with these efforts”, added the former Uruguayan Foreign Affairs minister.

Iglesias said that the new initiative will inherit integration experiences from the Rio Group and from organizations linking Latin America with the Caribbean.

“I support regionalism. I believe it is an important force which obviously does not exclude the opening to the rest of the world”, insisting the initiative is not an excluding instrument.

Finally Iglesias said that the Ibero-American community does in no way oppose regionalism in Latin America from the moment the integration process has not advanced as much as it was believed to be possible.

“We see regionalism as an effort and desire from Latin American and Caribbean countries to address their own problems with their own solutions, and this I respect and value”.


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  • GeoffWard

    The brand new umbrella called the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), spanning a big part of the world's latitude and longitude, is just too big an entity to operate in any meaningful sense.

    Its coherence is simply based on the historical quirk that, for a couple of hundred years of human history, rapacious colonizing iberians spread their genes westwards, killings many millions of indigenous peoples in the process, until their genes predominated in much of the gene-pool.

    So, their genes predominate; so what?

    In the forseeable future their genes will NOT predominate in the USA. Census projection for 2050 = 102million = 24.4% Latino.
    The governance of the large-minority Latino-genes (60% Mexican) will be WASP until, by nett migration and differential breeding rates, a voting majority make the USA a predominantly Latin American confederation. Some chance!
    The USA will keep the Green Card and Illegals at just the right level to populate the menial and manual agricultural sectors *and no more*.

    No, this 'aspirational' new Community is right to keep out the USA and Canada - even if they wanted to join.

    But don't hold you breath waiting for it to do anything significant.

    Apr 30th, 2011 - 10:09 pm 0
  • mastershakejb

    lol geoffward mad/jelly
    biggest union in the world, woot, gonna control most of the world's food production, minerals, oil, and more

    May 01st, 2011 - 06:01 am 0
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