Things became heated at the Convention Center Vasco Nunez de Balboa in Panama City before the beginning of the Forum on Wednesday due to a strong protest of the Cuban delegation to the Forum of Civil Society of the 7th Summit of the Americas, the entry to which was denied to some twenty representatives of the island.
The Cuban delegation to Panama´s Social Forum abandoned its opening session on Wednesday in a strong response to the presence of paid-mercenaries at the event.
Barack Obama was only four days old when the Heroic Guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara publically denounced Washington´s hostile policy against Cuba during an Inter-American Summit, while reiterating Fidel Castro´s desire to dialog in order to solve the differences in an equal footing and carry out secret talks with the US envoy.
Cuban Reverend Raul Suarez, who is participating at the forums parallel to the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama, condemned the executive order issued by the Obama administration describing Venezuela as a threat to US national security.
The Summit of the Americas in Panama will be an opportunity to verify the challenges of the new course of relations between Cuba and the United States, points out on Tuesday an editorial of The New York Times.
The decision to invite Cuba to the Summit of the Americas found massive support, said Panamanian foreign minister Isabel de Saint Malo.
The Antonio Nuñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Man (FANJ) announced in this capital its participation on April 8-10 in the Forum of Civil Society and Social Actors, one of the meetings of the 7th Summit of the Americas to be held in Panama.
The recent US attack against Venezuela, one of the 12 member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA, led this regional integration bloc to raise its voice at the 7th Summit of the Americas to be held April 10 and 11, in Panama.
A new national survey in the U.S. revealed an increasing support over the past three months by Cuban Americans of a new policy approach towards Cuba as 51 percent of those interviewed were in favor if compared to a December pall that showed 48 percent supporting the new move.
Louceny Fall, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and of Guineans Abroad of the Republic of Guinea, expressed on March 30 the gratitude of his government to be Cuban people for its help: "We know it's a great sacrifice to come here to face that epidemic. The peoples of the three countries hit by the deadly virus will always remember that attitude. We're very satisfied with Cuba's cooperation."
The United States and Cuba discussed human rights in a professional atmosphere, and paved the way for future meetings on the issue, said the US State Department.
Cuba´s permanent representative in Geneva, Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez, said that the March 31 Cuba-US talks on human rights were held in the expected atmosphere of professionalism and respect and considered further meetings on the topic.
During the first Cuba-US talks on human rights, held on March 31 in Washington D.C., the representatives of the island expressed their country´s concerns regarding human rights in the United States.
Organizers of an upcoming Continental Forum in Solidarity with Cuba gathered in the Dominican Republic to consider the agenda of the event, to be hosted by the Caribbean nation.
The revision by the US Treasury of a blacklist of entities and individuals linked to Cuba was described as routine with no relation to the recent changes in Washington´s policy towards Cuba.