The Puebla Group called this Thursday to coordinate the efforts of multi-regional organizations around the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), as part of the implementation of the proposal approved at the plenary meeting held in November 2019.
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Among the integrationist groups in the region, the group mentioned the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), the Bolivarian Bolivian Alliance for the Peoples of America-People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), the Andean Community, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (Otca), Caribbean Community, Pacific Alliance, Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Central American Integration System (Sica).
This convergence should facilitate the strengthening of CELAC as the region’s interlocutor with other integration blocs in the world, the statement stressed.
“This new CELAC, politically and technically empowered, would replace the questioned OAS as a space for integration between the Americas,” says the statement, which means that the proposal of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, would be implemented.
The Puebla Group took the opportunity to celebrate the presidency of CELAC by the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, and highlighted the importance of his work in the face of the critical moments that Latin American integration is going through.
We wish success to #Argentina in the Presidency of the #CELAC and we acknowledge the commendable work done by #Mexico during this difficult period, at the head of the integration mechanism. #Cuba will continue betting on unity within Latin American and Caribbean diversity. pic.twitter.com/UY1J5y6IOA
– Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB)
January 8, 2022
In this sense, the People’s Group asserted that “such integration had never been so important, in the midst of a devastating pandemic that is not yet over, as it is now, and we have never been as disintegrated as today.”
The text concluded by reiterating the progressive vocation of the group and invited to redouble efforts to activate the convergence that achieves common points and strengthens cooperation and integration, in a context where the reactivation of regional political exchange is crucial.
The statement was signed by 25 members of the group (of the 55 progressive leaders that make it up) including former presidents such as Dilma Rousseff, Rafael Correa, the Spaniard José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.