Colombia, Latin America: Week in Review

Cuba Divides Sixth Summit Of The Americas

April 16, 2012 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — The Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia came to a close on Sunday without a joint declaration due to disagreement over Cuba’s future participation in the summit. A number of Latin American leaders, including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, said that there would be no more future regional summits under the auspices of the Organization of American States without the participation of Cuba. However, the U.S. and Canada refused to include language in the declaration that would guarantee Cuba’s invitation to future summits. Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa explicitly declined to attend the summit because Cuba was not allowed to participate, while Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez were also absent. The foreign ministers of Venezuela, Argentina, and Uruguay said they would not sign the resolution if the U.S. and Canada did not remove their vetoes of Cuban participation. The next Summit of the Americas is planned for 2015 in Panama.

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Cecilia Goodman says:

Another thing that came up was the failure of the war on drugs…It’s totally unsurprising that Obama said no to legalization in an election year, but the complete unconvincing-ness of the U.S. government being “open to debate” about ending the North American war-on-drugs approach to drug control is still really disappointing. South American leaders are clearly united in the opinion that the war on drugs has been a complete failure and that they won’t tow the line any longer. The summit certainly made it clear that there would be change in South American drug policy, whether the U.S. agrees or not. We need innovative solutions that truly help citizens across the hemisphere on the drug violence problem, not more of the same status quo. Or do we need to see 50,000 more Mexican civilians slaughtered to realize that the “war on drugs” isn’t working?

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