LOS ANGELES (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – June 07, 2022) The exclusion of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba from the Summit of the Americas is a serious blow to democracy on the continent, Deisy Cabrera, a member of the Coalición de grupos Nuevas Ideas Internacional Monday.
“All countries must be heard to present their contributions and demands. Failure to listen to them is a blow to continental democracy and a clear interventionism by economic elites who want to make their hegemonic power felt on the continent,” Cabrera said. “They want to continue to see Latin American countries as their colonies.”
Earlier in the day, CNN reported, quoting a senior administration official, that the United States would not invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to participate in the Summit of the Americas due to “lack of democratic space and the human rights situation”. The decision to exclude Venezuela was announced at the end of May, when the summit’s national coordinator, Kevin O’Reilly, said that the United States would “absolutely not” invite the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro because Washington would not. not recognize.
“At this point in our history, it is absurd to practice the exclusion and marginalization of countries that are helped by the right to participate,” Cabrera said. “This kind of attitude does nothing to contribute to living in harmony, on the contrary it hinders the development and establishment of democracy throughout the continent.”
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Monday that he would not attend the Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles from June 6 to 10 due to the exclusion of certain countries.
A number of other countries, including El Salvador, will not be participating in the event in Los Angeles.
Cabrera shared with Sputnik that activists support the Salvadoran leader’s decision not to come.
“I applaud his decision not to participate because it violates the participation of countries considered undesirable by the United States,” she said.
Asked about the current state of relations between the United States and El Salvador, Cabrera said: “Right now they are not at their best, the two, the governments.”
“We see it as something circumstantial, which obeys the foreign policy of the Biden administration,” she added. “The government of El Salvador is clear that our country, El Salvador, is a free and sovereign country and that no country has the right to impose one program on another. And they cannot be improved upon. only by establishing mutual respect between the two countries and avoiding interventionism.”
The activist, however, believes that the tensions between the two countries do not interfere with the issue of immigration.
“We have no worries. We are convinced that El Salvador, as a country, can maintain friendly relations with all the countries it deems appropriate,” she concluded. “We are a free and sovereign country. We are masters of our own self-determination.”
The Ninth Summit of the Americas takes place in Los Angeles from Monday to Friday.