Colombia criticized on Friday The “opportunistic silence” of the Latin American and Caribbean Group (CELAC) of human rights violations in the “three countries” that are members of the organization.
“We cannot have opportunistic silence in the face of fundamental values, which have been and always will be everywhere, such as Defending democracy, freedoms and human rightsThe Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Colombia, Maria Carmelina London Read the letter he wrote Colombian Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirezwithin the framework of the twenty-second meeting of foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, which opened Friday in Buenos Aires.
For Colombia, The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States should act “coherently” Suspension of Member States that violate the foundations of the regional mechanism established in 2010.
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These statements are made under International criticism of the human rights situation in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuelathe three members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations, but Londono did not mention them directly.
At the same meeting, The foreign ministers of Nicaragua and Venezuela have criticized the “coercive” and “unilateral” measures being promoted by the US government. Against these two countries and Cuba, which is under the “siege” of its northern neighbor.
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Colombia also defended the importance of strengthening relations with the United States and Canada, Two “strategic partners” in the region are part of the Organization of American States and not of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
Also Colombian Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs ratified the State’s commitment to the Organization of American States, which he considers the “center of gravity of the institutional and organizational heritage” of all US states.
In this sense, Londono made clear his rejection of statements proposing the strengthening of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States with the aim of “burial of the Organization of American States”It is a position that, according to its standards, constitutes a “grave mistake” and “a great irresponsibility.”
The present and future generations of our countries It will require the ideological gains and defense of human rights and democracy that the Organization of American States possesses And they will always live in the same neighborhood as the United States and Canada, as some in this organization seem to want to turn their backs,” the Colombian official signed.
At the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Argentina has reached the consensus needed to take over the interim presidency of the bloc in 2022.
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silac It includes more than thirty countries in Latin America and the Caribbean – Brazil abandoned it in 2020, considering it to support “undemocratic regimes” such as those in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua – according to Argentine sources It seeks to build a space for political, economic, social and cultural exchange It balances the unity and diversity of the more than 600 million people in the region.