Delegations for the VI Alba Summit arrive in Venezuela
Caracas, Jun 23. ABN.- Since Monday afternoon, the delegations that will attend to the VI Extraordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the People’s of Our America (Alba) began to arrive in Venezuela. The event will take place in Maracay, Aragua state (north-central region of Venezuela), on June 24.
The Summit is going to be held to welcome three new countries that are joining this regional integration mechanism: Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda.
The Venezuelan Head of State, Hugo Chavez Frias, made the announcement past Sunday, during the broadcast of his weekly TV and radio program “Alo, Presidente.”
The Alba is an integration initiative for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, promoted by Venezuela looking for the unity through an economic, political and social mechanism.
On Monday, the Cuban delegation arrived in the country led by the Vice-president of the Ministers Council, Ricardo Cabrisas, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez.
For this Tuesday, it is expected the arrival of the rest Top Level staff.
To date, it is confirmed the attendance of the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in joint with his Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Choquehuanca; the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit; the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, in joint with his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fander Falconi; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Peter David; the Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patria Rosas.
The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega leads the delegation of the Central American country and he will be accompanied by his Advisor for Foreign Affairs, Rafael Ortega.
Other countries that confirmed their participation to the Summit were Paraguay, represented by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hector Lacognata; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, by the Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves; and Antigua and Barbuda by the Prime Minister, Winston Baldwin Spencer.
The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela proposed the creation of the Alba during the III Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Association of Caribbean States, carried out in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on December 2001.
The guiding principles of this regional cooperation mechanism are: solidarity, complementarity, justice, equity, cooperation, a common goal of progress, an egalitarian development and the respect to people’s sovereignty and self-determination, with emphasis on the human and social development, as well as the political and economic development.