NAM NEWS NETWORK Feb 26th, 2010
QUITO, Feb 26 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) – Ecuador has hailed the establishment of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States as the most significant and important event taking place in the region.
It shows that times have changed and countries in the region can talk with other regional blocs with the same force, said Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino.
He said the new entity now requires specificity and it is the job of Foreign Ministers of these countries in the coming weeks to define the proposals to the presidents on the founding document, statues, character and operation mechanism.
There are two upcoming summits, one in Caracas in July next year and another one of the Rio Group in Santiago de Chile in 2012 and hopefully in one of these two meetings we would have all documents ready so that the leaders could sign them, Patino added.
At a news conference to report the results of the recently concluded Summit of Unity in Cancun, Mexico, Patino described it as very successful and said the characteristics of the relationships between countries in the region will now be definitely different.
“Previously we turn our backs on each other and looked towards other blocs but now we look more among us”, he said when explaining the consolidation of the political decision of 32 leaders at the Summit.
Ecuador has defended for years the validity of multilateralism in international relations and the rights that are generated from them get stronger by the existence of strong regional organisations, he said.
This allows for the bloc’s members to resolve their disputes within themselves without having to have the intervention of other countries, he added. — NNN-PRENSA LATINA