Foreign Affairs ministers from Chile, Cuba and Venezuela begin discussions Monday in Santiago to advance in the implementation of the recently created Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Celac.
The new organization was born last month in Caracas and inherits much of the norms, knowledge and experience from the Group of Rio and the Latin America and Caribbean summit. Chile currently holds the rotating chair of Celac since the next summit is scheduled to take place this year in Santiago.
According to the Chilean ministry release Minister Alfredo Moreno will head the “troika” meeting together with his peers from Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez and from Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro.
Chilean minister Moreno is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his two peers.
The purpose of the meeting is to agree on a work and targets’ timetable and to keep advancing in the configuration of the new international body.
Promoted by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Celac is made up of all countries from the hemisphere with the exception of United States and Canada, which are yes integrated to the long standing Organization of American States.
Several Latin American countries headed by Venezuela consider OAS to be too close and manipulated by the US besides the fact its headquarters is in Washington.