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Puerto Rico must join CELAC, says Venezuela president
Published on January 24, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he will propose the membership of Puerto Rico at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), whose second summit will be held January 28 and 29 in Havana.

During a forum in Caracas for the independence of Puerto Rico, attended by Puerto Rican independence leaders, Maduro said that Venezuela will propose that the regional bloc declares Latin America as a territory free of colonialism since, he said, it is a shame that there are still colonies in this part of the world.

“Puerto Rico is in the pending agenda of liberator Simon Bolivar and Latin America and the Caribbean are now uniting, and Latin American unity was born right here,” Maduro noted.

The Venezuelan head of state called for the renewal of supportive actions with Puerto Rico, saying, “We have to cultivate solidarity of Venezuelans with the fight of the Puerto Rican people for their independence.”
 
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Comments:

JMWinPR:

Why must Puerto Rico join CELAC? Of what possible benefit do the taxpayers of PR get from yet another useless committee? The Caribbean Community has one thing and one thing only to offer the western hemisphere. That is a safe place to relax enjoy our climate and hospitality. We have few if any extractable resources amber from Dom Rep and oil from Venezuela being the two exceptions. Venezuela has managed to take this God given resource and create an economy that lacks common items like toilet paper, while the rest of islands go out of their way to harass, intimidate and steal from the tourists. We continue to elect and return to office, officials who would do any Nigerian internet scammer proud.

sariluz:

Is there benefit for Puerto Rico to join? What can they do for us? Why tangle with countries that are less stable than we are? It would be suicide for PR unless we have enough agriculture to sustain our island, and more importantly, what resource will PR export to keep us financially afloat? Certainly not Barcadi...which is not the pride of PR. So what's in it for PR??? Have U been to Venezuela or Cuba. I have been to both, twice each. Life is hard enough without taking on the struggles of other countries.


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