New union expected to be established between Caribbean and Latin countries
by Laura Imperiale
Last week, leaders from 32 countries met at a resort in Cancun, Mexico for a 2-day summit with intentions of forming a new regional institution for Latin American and Caribbean integration. This new regional institution would be without the presence of the United States and Canada.
The goal of this proposal is to form a new Organization of American States (OAS), as it was criticized for mainly promoting US interests.
“It’s time to concentrate on Latin American and Caribbean unity. To translate the natural inclination of our countries into something concrete,” said Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the opening of the summit.
It “must as a priority push for regional integration…and promote the regional agenda in global meetings.” continued Calderon.
Cuban President Raul Castro applauded Mr. Calderon’s speech as he said it would be a historic move toward “the constitution of a purely Latin American and Caribbean organization.”
“This will allow us to be truly free and will give us the strength to end illiteracy and poverty throughout the length and width of Latin America,” said Daniel Ortega, Nicaraguan President.
Several politicians say that Latin American integration is a normal change as they try to move out from under the shadow of the United States while others think it’s a mistake to make a change without such a powerful country like the US.
There was confusion as to what country or political figure will become leader in this new organization, as well as scepticism about it’s success, although many political figures have hope in this new organization