Ban Ki-moon to Cuba Next WeekJanuary 20, 2014 | Print |
To participate in the CELAC summit
HAVANA TIMES — UN Secretary General, Ban Ki–moon, will travel to Cuba next week to attend the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit, reported dpa news.
Ban was invited by the government of Raul Castro as the host country to the second summit of the CELAC to be held on January 28-29. The agenda of the UN secretary during his visit to Havana has yet to detailed but he plans to meet with the Cuban president among other activities.
CELAC was founded in 2010 by initiative of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. It brings together all the countries of the Americas except the United States and Canada. The summit in Havana is expected to draw numerous heads of state and government, and other representatives of the 33 countries in the region.
The Cuban government also announced it would invite senior representatives of institutions cooperating with countries of CELAC. Last Friday, the Organization of American States (OAS) confirmed that among the guests in Cuba will be its secretary general based in Washington, Jose Miguel Insulza.
According to the OAS, it will be the first visit by a head of the hemispheric organization to the island in half a century. The OAS excluded Cuba in 1962 from the forum at the insistence of United States and has since maintained a critical stance toward Havana.
CELAC defined itself from its inception as a counterpart to the OAS. The Latin American and Caribbean bloc held its first formal summit last year in Santiago, Chile, then the country holding the rotating presidency of the bloc, now held by Cuba.