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Hugo Chavez in Cuba for Petrocaribe Summit
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Cuba on Wednesday to participate in the Fourth Petrocaribe Summit that takes place in the central city of Cienfuegos on Friday.

Chavez arrived from Montevideo, Uruguay, where he participated in the Summit of the South American Common Market (MERCOSUR).

During his stay on the island, the Venezuelan president will also visit the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba and will meet with leaders of the Cuban Revolution.

Other heads of state and government who will attend the Petrocaribe Summit include the presidents of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; Haiti, Rene Preval, who also arrived in Cuba on Wednesday; and the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez. Also confirmed are the prime ministers of Jamaica, Bruce Golding; Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer; and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves.

On this occasion, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago will again participate as guests while Guatemala and Honduras will do it for the first time in the same condition.

Also attending the event will be representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The event will take place at the Jagua Hotel in Cienfuegos and it would be preceded by a meeting of ministers in charge of the energy sector in their respective countries.


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