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The US sent a suggestive message before the start of the Celac summit


In a document they maintained that the OAS is the main forum of the Western Hemisphere. He was sent to Buenos Aires as part of Christopher Dodd's visit to the summit.

Hours before the advisor, the Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas, Christopher J. Dodd, traveled to Buenos Aires this Monday, the State Department issued a statement with a suggestive message. 

The text is terse, as these Washington documents tend to be.

But it contains a strong message of what the Joe Biden administration wants to say to the members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

After noting that Dodd's visit "reflects the commitment of the Biden-Harris Administration to work together with our neighbors to promote inclusive economic growth, face common challenges and promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law in our hemisphere ", underlines: "In keeping with the commitment of the Biden-Harris Administration to the relevant regional mechanisms on these critical objectives, the US government

reaffirms the value of strengthening regional collaboration through the Organization of American States (which is the OAS), the main multilateral forum in the Western Hemisphere".

The Celac summit began this Tuesday the 24th under the pro tempore presidency of Alberto Fernández, who will receive former Senator Dodd.

Ambassadors Jorge Argüello and Marc Stanley joined this visit.

And it had as a moment of high tension, the failure of Nicolás Maduro, whose government was justified by the fact that, behind the complaints and protests against him, there was "a plan" to attack him from the "neo-fascist right."

The statement from the Department of State is a forceful position of the United States

in the face of recent attempts to blow up the OAS, especially by Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Alberto Fernández

in the alliance that they set up since 2019 and that is now weakened with the appearance on the regional and global stage of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. 

In fact, after adjusting the speech with the Mexican president at the last Summit of the Americas -which this Tuesday Alberto F. inadvertently confused several times with that of CELAC- the Argentine president not only condemned the exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela of it, but rather called for the dismissal of the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro.

"I point out the urgent need to rebuild the OAS, if it wants to be respected it must be restructured by immediately removing those who lead it," Fernández said before the plenary session that was listening to him in Los Angeles last June.

Now, to this CELAC summit, Fernández did not even invite Luis Almagro, who was chancellor of Uruguay during the José Mujica government.

Fernández has a very bad relationship with him.

He practically accuses him of complicity with Donald Trump in the sudden departure of Evo Morales from power in Bolivia, which is called a coup d'état here.

And of other controversies moved in the region.

The Government never votes in the OAS on resolutions condemning or putting pressure on Venezuela and from time to time against Nicaragua.

Both are in the process of leaving the organization due to disagreement with the critics.

Cuba was expelled by the United States in the 1960s within the framework of an old policy, from the Cold War, which it has never wanted to review. 

CELAC was explicitly promoted by the late Hugo Chávez with the exclusion of the United States and Canada.

But for this summit, Alberto F. specially invited Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping;

the president of the European Council, Charles Michell, the leaders of the African Union and invited Felix Plasencia, the executive secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, which is made up of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia.

For this reason, it sounds more controversial that he did not invite Luis Almagro.

In geopolitics, the OAS and CELAC are "relatives".

Argentine diplomats assured that there was a consensus in the region not to invite him, but Clarín spoke with foreign sources and they assured that just as the host and president of the summit bears all the invitation expenses -hotels and lodging, which is in dollars- he decides to who invites and uninvites. 

Dodd, who does not want any contact with the press, will give his speech this afternoon in the framework of the summit.

And he will hold different interviews, in addition to Fernandez's

Source: clarin

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