Cuba continues to praise the objectives and purposes of the Sao Paulo Forum, an organization composed of leftist movements and progressive parties in Latin America and the Caribbean, while it calls for the need to join in the commitment for a better world for all.
The 21st Sao Paulo Forum was attended by a Cuban delegation headed by Jose Ramon Balaguer, Head of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, which played a very active role in the meeting.
An outcome of the efforts of former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, the Sao Paulo Forum has a history of a quarter of a century as a conduit for the forces of advanced thought in Our America.
The Sao Paulo Forum, held in Mexico City this time, was opportune since imperialism and the national oligarchies are conducting a very serious offensive aimed at re-establishing the mandate of the more conservative forces and injecting new life into neo-liberal thinking.
The Final Declaration of the meeting urged the hemispheric Left to maintain unity at all cost and voiced its solidarity with the governments of Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia, currently the targets of destabilizing maneuvers by the Right, including violence.
With respect to Cuba, the 21st Sao Paulo Forum once again voiced its solidarity with the Revolution and welcomed such actions as the re-establishment of relations between Havana and Washington.
The political Left and progressive movements in Latin America praised the sovereign decision of Cuba to re-establish links with the United States as well as the need to end the U.S. blockade, calling on Washington return the territory of the Guantánamo Naval Base to its rightful owners.
The successful Sao Paolo Forum meeting praised the health and education programs in Cuba and their extension to other countries in need, as well as Operation Miracle, today operating in 34 nations, including Latin America, Africa and Asia, and devoted to returning eyesight to hundreds of thousands of people blinded by disease and poverty.
The Cuban delegation insisted on the importance of maintaining unity amid the diversity of points of view of governments and parties in our region of the world.
“The future of Latin America depends on its integration,” said Jose Ramòn Balaguer, the head of the Cuban delegation, who also outlined the vital importance that progressive governments firmly resist the attacks of the right wing.
The Sao Paulo Forum is an organization of Left parties and political groups founded in Brazil in 1990, which has the aim of uniting efforts of our countries and examining such situations as the current conservative offensive against the progressive governments and institutions in our region.
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