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.
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.
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.