The Fifth Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) began on January 24 with a minute of silence in honor of Fidel Castro, “who was a pioneer and firm believer throughout his life of a united Latin America on the path toward progress.”
This, according to the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, during the inauguration ceremony of the Summit’s High Level Segment of Heads of State and Government, which saw the participation of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba.
“CELAC has a great duty, to always look out for the interests of our people,” stated Medina. It is not the time to isolate ourselves and go backwards, but to strengthen our ties in order to advance. We must find Latin American and Caribbean solutions to Latin American and Caribbean problems, he noted.
Medina also recalled José Martí, an essential figure when speaking about Our America. Quoting Martí, the Caribbean leader stated that “Nations that do not know one another should quickly become acquainted, as men who are to fight a common enemy.”
We are going to get to know one another, to unite, to struggle together, with the pride of our Founding Fathers; we are going to fight for this Great Homeland that our ancestors dreamed of, and our children deserve, stated Danilo Medina.