OAS Not Meeting People’s Demands, Needs Reinvention: Ecuador.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (C) check some documents with the delegation after a meeting with foreign ministers ahead of the OAS 47th General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, June 19, 2017.

Following this week’s 47 General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cancun, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, expressed disappointment in the ability of the OAS to effectively address the needs of the people, and said that it should undergo a process of reinvention and re-engineering.

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The remarks come after the OAS meeting largely centered around the ongoing internal situation of Venezuela at the urging of Mexico, who was hosting the meeting.

Following the meeting, which she described as mono-thematically revolving around Venezuela, she said that the body should fulfill its duty to prioritize the issues facing the hemisphere.

“No diplomatic work makes sense if it is not in harmony with the demands of the societies we represent,” she said.

The official expressed frustration that Ecuador had brough forth multiple relevent and pressing agenda points, such as the fight against poverty and inequality, the successful migratory model of Ecuador, climate change, and natural disaster preparedness.

Unfortunately however, none of the topics were addressed, as Venezuela’s internal matters permeated the entire agenda for the week.

She noted the diplomatic deadlock that occurred on the matter, with those states who maintain that sovereignty should be respected and a principle of non-interference adhered to by the organization, countering those who believe the Venezuelan crisis should be made a unilateral issue.

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China and Cuba Agree to Deepen Economic Cooperation

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Beijing, Jun 23 (P L) Cuban Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, and his Chinese peer, Zhong Shan, have reaffirmed today in this capital the desire to strengthen bilateral ties in the economic and trade area between the two nations.

Delegations of the two countries met at the headquarters of the Ministry of Commerce to celebrate the 29th session of the Cuba-China Intergovernmental Commission for Economic and Trade Relations, where they reviewed the several fields of cooperation, as well as the challenges throughout the process of collaboration.

Zhong stressed the constant strength and mutual trust in the policies and the economic-trade relations existing between the two states, as well as the development of the common interests in the ties of cooperation.

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Danny Glover Rejects Change of US Policy Towards Cuba.

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(Prensa Latina) North American actor Danny Glover today backed the message from the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (Uneac) against the change of United States policy proclaimed by President Donald Trump.
The Cuban organization sent its message to writers, artists, academicians and US friends of the Cuban culture in order to denounce the change of policy presented on June 16 by the president in a speech that he calls antiquated, obsolete, loaded with falseness and stereotypes.

According to the newspaper Cubarte of the Ministry of Culture, the document has so far more than 800 signatures of people from 35 countries.

Among the most recent signatories are the legendary Uruguayan troubadour Daniel Viglietti and the Spanish singer Pilar Boyeros, who recently performed in this capital at the Cubadisco Festival.
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Lifting the Blockade, the U.S. Best Possible Deal with Cuba.

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Washington, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) If U.S. President Donald Trump wants a ”better deal” with Cuba, he should continue the rapprochement and lift all aspects of the blockade, the journalist and activist Cheryl LaBash said here.

 

LaBash, who promotes ties with Cuba and is the co-president of the National Network on Cuba in the United States (NNOC) referred in those terms to the decision by the Republican president to reverse aspects of the U.S. opening policy on Cuba started by the previous administration.

Trump said a week ago in Miami, Florida, that his executive order to restrict U.S. citizens’ travels to Cuba further and to limit trade and business was seeking a ‘better deal’ for the Cuban people and for the United States.

However, in an interview with Prensa Latina, LaBash noted that if the president really wanted that, he should not only keep the rapprochement with Cuba but also eliminate all aspects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington for 55 years.

‘How is the continuation of the blockade a better deal for farmers who grow black beans in Michigan, or for milk producers in Pennsylvania?’ She wondered.

‘How is it a better deal for dozens of thousands of Americans whom are denied Cuba’s treatment against diabetic foot ulcers that can prevent 70 percent of amputations?’ The Cuba solidarity activist added.

For Cuba, the best deal is that the blockade and regime change programs come to an end, that the country’s self-determination and autonomy are recognized and that its people are allowed to decide the socialist forms and their future, she pointed out.

According to the NNOC co-president, Trump’s speech and the executive order signed on June 16 are full of contrasts with reality.

It is an insult and a farce for a U.S. president to punish Cuba for human rights, she noted.

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Italian Senator Criticizes US Policy Towards Cuba.

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 (P L) Senator of the ruling Democratic Party, Daniela Valentini, today described as irresponsible the policy raised by U.S. President Donald Trump on Cuba.
‘What Trump is doing causes serious damage to the whole world, Europe, Cuba and the United States,’ the lawmaker told Prensa Latina.

This is a serious damage, because this is an irresponsible policy that does not know how to unite and embrace the universal values of democracy, the right of the peoples to live their own lives, in their countries and in the way they decide, she said.

Referring to the recent anti-Cuban measures announced by Trump in Miami, Valentini stated that ‘I fell very badly because I set up the Intergroup of Cuban friends in the Senate, we worked hard when (President Barack) Obama was the president, to whom we admire for his courage after breaking that prison, that wall.’

As for new actions of friends of the island in the Italian Senate, she stated that they submitted a motion which will try to be approved and if they do, they will do the same in the European Parliament to ask you take a stand against Trump.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Shuffles Cabinet, Ex-Ministers Head to Constituent Assembly.

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Maduro called for a National Constituent Assembly on May 1st.

Former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez is among the candidates for the National Constituent Assembly that will draft a new constitution.

Several key figures of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be candidates for the country’s National Constituent Assembly, called by the president to tackle the economic and political situation in the country.

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Delcy Rodriguez, who was the foreign minister since December 2014, resigned Wednesday to be able to participate as a candidate for the Constituent Assembly.

“She has defended Venezuela’s peace, sovereignty and independence like a tiger,” Maduro said about Rodriguez.

Samuel Moncada, the current ambassador to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States and head of the Presidential Commission to the Non-Aligned Movement, will be the new foreign minister.

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Venezuela Scores Another Victory at OAS, Shames Critics.

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The 47th General Assembly of the Organization of the American States closed with Venezuela winning the day, as all attempts to intervene in the country’s internal affairs failed yet again.

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During the three-day annual meeting which wrapped up Wednesday, sharp exchanges arose between several foreign ministers.

When Peru’s representative demanded that Venezuela drop its projected Constituent Assembly, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez replied, “If (the countries condemning Venezuela’s crisis) are part of the litter of lap dogs that is friendly with the empire (the United States), Venezuela is not,” adding, “Venezuela will not accept this unjust interference that violates international norms.”

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Mexico Will Continue Seeking OAS Intervention in Venezuela.

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Mexican Foreign Minister and OAS Secretary General promise to keep up the pressure despite failure in Cancun.

After the latest attempt to intervene in Venezuela’s internal affairs failed at the Organization of the American States, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said he will continue to oppose Caracas.

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Speaking at a news conference ending the 47th General Assembly of the OAS in Cancun, Videgaray said his nation will maintain its stance against the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“Mexico’s position will not change,” said Videgaray, after the organization failed to reach a consensus put forward by 14 states to condemn Caracas and prevent the National Constituent Assembly from rewriting the Venezuelan Constitution.

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While US Continues Blockade, Cuba Forges Global Ties with Europe, China, and Vietnam.

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In spite of the U.S. imposed blockade, Cuba has constructed a high degree of self-sufficiency, and international ties.

The U.S.’s blockade looks to cripple Cuba economically, but with the Caribbean nation building strong global ties, that may prove difficult.

While the United States government insists on maintaining their blockade, Cuba has continued to build strong diplomatic and economic links with the rest of the world. In only one week following Donald Trump’s rollback of efforts to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations, the Caribean island is moving forward with the process of building groundbreaking ties with the European Union, as well as strengthening the bond with its historic allies China and Vietnam.

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In a major move this week, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to approve the first agreement of bilateral cooperation between the EU and Cuba, after several decades of contingent relations imposed by the EU. The agreement is set to be put to a final vote by Parliament in July.

“Now that Trump wants to isolate Cuba again, the EU must make the most of this opportunity to get closer to the island,” Elena Valenciano, the member who submitted the proposal said.

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South African Unions Condemn Trump Statements on Cuba.

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Pretoria, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) South African Congress Union (Cosatu) denounced today recent statements by US president Donald Trump against Cuba, which it described as an affront to the sovereign right of that people to freely elect its way towards development and progress.
In a statement in this capital, Cosatu expressed its strong solidarity with the Cuban people and support for its sovereign right to a system that has proven to help the poor, exposed the failures of capitalism in social justice and has developed a progressive Internationalism that helps human development and the struggle of peoples and the working class.

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