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1st CELAC Summit to Begin on Sunday

1st CELAC Summit to Begin on SundayHAVANA, Cuba, Jan 27 (acn) Heads of state and high level representatives of the nations that are part of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will inaugurate on Sunday afternoon in Santiago de Chile the 1st Summit of that regional mechanism of integration.

The Cuban delegation to the forum is headed by Army General Raul Castro, President of the councils of State and Ministers, and is also composed of Miguel Diaz-Canel, Vice-president of the Council of Ministers, and Bruno Rodriguez, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This meeting will run until Monday, when Cuba will assume the pro tempore chairmanship for 2013, a decision that constitutes an acknowledgement to the Caribbean island's efforts of integration, and it's interpreted by analysts as a challenge to Washington's attempts to isolate it.

The first CELAC-European Union Summit, under way since Saturday with the participation of over 40 dignitaries from around 60 countries, is scheduled to conclude at noon Sunday.

At the Espacio y Riesgo Convention Center, the heads of state of the two blocs reflect on the promotion of trade and mutual investments, sustainability and the environment, small and medium size enterprises, human capital and commitment to democratic values, among other issues.

Convened by over 500 movements and social organizations of the region, the Peoples' Summit is being held at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Chile, parallel to the CELAC-EU meeting.

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