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  • 10 / 20 / 2006

To date, Cuba has expressed its satisfaction with the content of the main proposals to be discussed at the 16th Ibero-American Summit, scheduled to take place in this capital from November 3-5, said an official source yesterday.

"To date, the principal documents are in line with our expectations," Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno told Prensa Latina.

The high-ranking official attended a meeting of national coordinators, the final one prior to the meeting of heads of state and government, in order to discuss and clarify details on the content of the Montevideo Commitment.

Moreno said that his delegation feels satisfied with the Special Communiqués that are to be endorsed at the highest level of the meeting.

"Cuba is to present two motions of this kind that have already been endorsed by the coordinators; one which refers to the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the island by the US government, maintained for over 40 years.

The delegation will also present a statement on the subject of terrorism," reported the deputy minister.

Moreno said that the favorable debate at the coordinators meeting took place at the NH Columbia hotel until Thursday and allowed them to evaluate "selective policies" which developed countries, such as the United States, are applying with respect to immigration.

"The Montevideo Commitment," he affirmed "will consist of an integral document which, in essence, brings together a collection of policies, in this case relating to migration, an issue of worldwide importance."

The deputy minister concluded by saying that the document will highlight so-called professional migration or "brain drain," a phenomenon that is increasingly common in developing countries and which amounts to a considerable loss of human and financial resources.


Source: Granma International

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