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It’s our duty to protect and preserve peace – Diaz-Canel

CUBAN President Miguel Diaz-Canel has told his Association of Caribbean States peers that the current situation of confrontation and threats will be overcome.

He told the VIII Meeting of the Association of Caribbean States on Saturday in Managua, Nicaragua that “fragility and ferocity distinguish us” and that “fragility and ferocity unite us” and that unity made them stronger.

 

“The President of the United States [Donald Trump], the Secretary of State [Michael Pompeo], and the National Security Advisor [John Bolton] declare that the Monroe Doctrine is as relevant today as the day it was written, and that it is the country’s formal policy, as in the time of expansion and intervention of the United States in our region, of military aggressions and impositions,” he said.

President Diaz-Canel said such statements and consequent actions challenged the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by heads of state and government, in January 2014, in Havana, on the occasion of the Second CELAC Summit.

“We declared then our permanent commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes in order to banish forever the use of force, and threats to use force, in the region; to strictly comply with the obligation not to intervene, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of any other state; to foster relations of friendship and cooperation among ourselves and with other nations, regardless of differences in political, economic, and social systems or levels of development; to practice tolerance and coexist in peace as good neighbours; to the intention of Latin American and the Caribbean states to fully respect the inalienable right of all to choose their own political, economic, social, and cultural system, as an essential condition for ensuring peaceful coexistence among nations; to the promotion in the region of a culture of peace based, among others, on the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Culture of Peace,” he recalled.

“In this context, our nations must continue working together. It is our duty to protect peace, amongst us all, and preserve what has been achieved, confident that the current situation of confrontation and threats will be overcome.”

President Diaz-Canel said Cuba, in particular, had been subject to an irrational and perverse tightening of the blockade by the United States, whose administration has unleashed, at the same time, a campaign of distortions, lies, and pretexts to sustain a policy of persecution and harassment that the international community openly rejects and condemns.

He expressed profound gratitude to all the countries of the region for their opposition to the irrational, illegal, and cruel US policy against Cubans.

“Beyond political or ideological differences, I call on all Caribbean governments to defend peace and oppose military aggression and the escalation of coercive economic measures against Venezuela that seriously damage its citizens and put the stability of the entire region at risk,” President Diaz-Canel urged.

“We also reiterate our solidarity and support for the government of Reconciliation and National Unity of the Republic of Nicaragua in the face of destabilisation attempts, and we celebrate the negotiation process to ensure peace and preserve the social and economic gains achieved in this sister nation.”

He said the Association of Caribbean States must continue to be the mainstay of the greater Caribbean unity, which is the only alternative given the enormous challenges the region faced.

“Member states of this organization share the responsibility to avoid damaging the consensus that we have built together over the years, and to continue fostering solidarity, as an indispensable premise to develop actions on all the issues that are part of the organisation’s mandate,” said President Diaz-Canel. “Cuba will continue working in favour of this unity and for the consolidation of our Association.”

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