Maduro reads message sent by President Chávez to Celac
President Hugo Chávez welcomed the fact that on Monday Cuba took the chair of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), and said that "Latin America and the Caribbean are telling the United States in one single voice that all attempts to isolate Cuba have and will fail," in a letter written in his own handwriting
In the message, read by Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, Chavez asserted that Cuba's presidency means that "Latin America and the Caribbean are telling the United States in one single voice that all attempts to isolate Cuba have and will fail," AFP quoted.
"We are committed to give our full support to Cuba, which holds the pro tempore chair of the community as of the Summit of Santiago. This is an act of justice after more than 50 years of resistance to the imperial criminal blockade," Chávez said in his letter.
Comprising 33 countries, Celac was established in December 2011 in Caracas under the aegis of Chávez, who is convalescent in Cuba since December 11, after his fourth operation for cancer.
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