The United States indicated this week that it rules out inviting Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to the meeting, scheduled for June 6-10 in Los Angeles, because it considers that they “do not respect” democracy.
Cuba attended the two previous editions (in Lima in 2018 and in Panama City in 2015), but had previously also been excluded.
In this regard, the Cuban assembly members considered that this position “is totally identified with the claims and pressures of the sectors of the extreme anti-Cuban right and their main spokesmen in the US legislature.”
They criticized what they consider “strong pressure and threats” from the United States “on numerous Latin American and Caribbean governments, trying to silence their legitimate claims in favor of Cuba’s presence in the so-called continental meeting.”
“With unparalleled cynicism, Cuba is included in spurious and unilateral lists such as that of countries that promote terrorism and human trafficking, among others,” criticizes the statement.
The possible exclusion of Havana, Caracas and Managua has generated criticism and even the leaders of some countries, such as the presidents of Mexico and Bolivia, have warned that if there are excluded they will not attend.
Other countries, such as some Caribbean nations, are also studying whether to join the meeting in Los Angeles under these conditions.
The IX Summit of the Americas will be the second organized by the United States after the original edition in Miami in 1994, and Washington’s main objective on this occasion is to design a regional migration pact.