U.S. Imposes ‘Imperial Veto’ at Americas Summit (Diario
Co Latino, El Salvador)
“That an American country could be excluded from the discussions and debates
about the summit’s great themes is simply a disgrace for the democracies. But even
more shameful is that a country, as the strongest, could adopt the pose of an
emperor that decides who should or should not be present at an event of
At the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Washington
committed itself to preventing Cuba, another American country, from attending.
It was the leader that hosted the summit, Colombia President
Santos, who traveled to Cuba a week before the meeting to persuade President
Raul Castro not to participate in the hemispheric conclave.
That an American country could be excluded from the
discussions and debates about the summit’s great themes is simply a disgrace for
the democracies. But even more shameful is that a country, as the strongest, could
adopt the pose of an emperor that decides who should or should not be present
at an event of sovereign peoples.
Before the summit, Colombia President Santos said in an
interview that Latin America is no longer the United States’ backyard. Yet with
Santos traveling to Cuba to prevent its participation at the summit on Colombian
territory, one might think that Colombia is still part of the U.S. imperial
And of course, the large number of U.S. military bases in
Colombia reflects the still-fragile sovereignty of some nations in Latin
It is one thing for a country to voluntarily decide not to participate
- on any grounds, and quite another when a county doesn’t attend because a
foreign country imposes a veto.
At the opening of the summit, the Secretary General of the
Organization of American States (OAS) mentioned, "the region’s democratic
And certainly, one cannot deny there has been some progress.
But it must be understood that such progress is not yet firm, endangering this
very same democracy and nations themselves, as shown by the coup in Honduras a
couple of years ago, or the vetoes imposed by powerful countries against
smaller ones like the great and proud Cuba.
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While Cuba’s exclusion wasn’t the central theme of the
summit, in the end, it became its central focus.
Hopefully at the next summit, Cuba will not attend of its
own accord rather than under pressure from a power.
Only when we are no longer endangered by the imperial power
will we be able to say that our democracies have made substantial and
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