Ecuador President Rafael Correa: His decision not to attend the Summit

of the America’s, suggesting that U.S. ‘hegemony’ is the reason, has

created some heat in the run-up to the event, which will to be held April

14 and 15 in Colombia.



To Send ‘Imperialists’ a Message on Cuba, Correa Should Go to Summit of the Americas (El Comercio, Ecuador)


“It was and remains valid to demand that Cuba be present at the Summit in Cartagena, but how thoughtful is not attending? Why not use the space of the summit to insist on that demand? … Surely other presidents would emphatically agree to the right of Cuba to be part of all regional summits, and strongly do so in President Obama’s presence.”


By León Roldós Aguilera


Translated By Florizul Acosta-Perez


April 4, 2012


Ecuador - El Commercio - Original Article (Spanish)

Cuba Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez explains that Cuba has chosen not to attend the Summit of the Americas, averting a diplomatic showdown with U.S. leaders who insist that Cuba is not a member of the Organization of American States. Cuba was expelled in 1962.

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After what seemed to be daisy-petal plucking from President Correa about whether to go to the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena on April 14, his decision was not to go, which he announced by sending a note that is a severe slap on the wrist to other Latin American and Caribbean heads of state.


Why won’t Correa go? He charges that the lack of consensus, referring to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, is due only to “the veto of hegemonic powers, which is an intolerable situation in our 21st century America.”


Is he saying the hosts are hypocrites? And what adjectives do leaders that tolerate such a veto deserve?


Even when President Correa doesn’t say so directly, those “hegemonic powers” have a name: the United States of America, and the onus is on President Obama.


We should cite Ecuador’s anti-summit precedent.


It was the April, 1967 performance of Otto Arosemena Gómez in Punta del Este - 45 years ago. But there was a difference: Arosemena went to the summit, and in the presence of then-President Lyndon Johnson and other leaders of the region, questioned the final statement of the participants, which was centered on the Alliance for Progress program, and he refused to sign it. In the same year, for detailing Arosemena’s gesture, the gringo ambassador to Quito [Ecuador] was declared persona non grata and expelled from the country.


It was and remains valid to demand that Cuba be present at the summit in Cartagena, but how thoughtful is not attending? Why not use the space of the summit to insist on that demand?



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Surely other presidents would emphatically agree to the right of Cuba to be part of all regional summits, and strongly do so in President Obama’s presence. Perhaps Correa would respond by saying that the result of his absence will be a slap on the wrist. But to believe that would be to demean the dignity and actions of the American heads of state and government going to Cartagena.


Correa also questions the omission of what he believes should be the transcendent issues that the regional summit should address: the “inhumane blockade of Cuba, and the aberrant colonization of the Falkland Islands.” Apart from speeches, which could be delivered at the summit whether or not they are on the agenda, there is no way that the outlines of these two recurrent anti-imperialist themes will be resolved anywhere but at a summit with the United States.

Posted by Worldmeets.US


To believe that the solution is a regional summit without the presence of the United States is nothing but pure rhetoric. There is no other platform to negotiate on these topics.


Finally, Correa hasn’t hidden his ambition to settle scores against the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Cartagena, he says, could have been the stage for that - and for him to speak out against the commission’s Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, which has criticized the state of free expression in the Ecuador].


[Editor’s Note: A series of recommendations to change the inter-American system of human rights, pushed by Ecuador President Correa and presented by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, would limit the authority of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, especially the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.]




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