Founding Meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC) Suspended

On Wednesday the Venezuelan Foreign Minstry informed the international community that the founding meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC) - an "OAS without the U.S. or Canada" as Ecuadorian President Rafael Correo once put it - has been suspended, citing the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as the principal cause of the meeting's postponement. 

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Earlier this year, representatives from the nations that are to make up the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) met in Caracas to plan the now suspended 5-6 July founding summit (Photo: Archive).
Earlier this year, representatives from the nations that are to make up the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) met in Caracas to plan the now suspended 5-6 July founding summit (Photo: Archive).
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On Wednesday the Venezuelan Foreign Minstry informed the international community that the founding meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC) - an "OAS without the U.S. or Canada" as Ecuadorian President Rafael Correo once put it - has been suspended, citing the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as the principal cause of the meeting's postponement. 

Given the historical significance of CELAC and the news reports related to Chavez's health, we at Venezuelanalysis.com decided it was important to share this information with our readers.

Press Statement: 

Suspension of Third Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development (CALC) / Venezuelan Foreign Ministry / 29 June 2011

As has been widely reported in the national and international press, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, is in the midst of a strict process of medical treatment and recovery.

As a result the Venezuelan government, having consultated with the other governments of the  Latin American and Caribbean region, has made the decision to postpone the Third Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development (CALC), which was scheduled to be held in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on July 5-6, 2011.

The Bolivarian government, under the leadership of President Chavez, reiterates its gratitude to the brother governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, which made this regional summit a historic and transcendental moment within the framework of the bicentennial celebrations of our republics, by confirming their high level participation.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has begun working with the countries of the region in order to propose a new date for the realization of this summit during the second semester of 2011, a summit of the greater Latin American and Caribbean homeland that will be held here in Venezuela. The objective: Bring into existance the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), an organization aimed at the consolidation of the unity and independence of our peoples.