The twilight of Latin American summits

Perhaps it was that statement against the U.S. blockade, along with support for Argentina in the Malvinas Islands issue and recognition of the importance of the talks in Havana for peace in Colombia, the most important of the Twenty- Third Latin -American Summit, which was attended by only half of the presidents or heads of state of the 22 members of Latin America and Europe.

The Summit in Panama , which was attended by the King of Spain and the presidents of Brazil , Argentina , Uruguay , Chile , Peru , Bolivia , Ecuador , Venezuela , Nicaragua , Guatemala and Cuba , passed with more grief than glory , and projected into its next headquarters in Mexico , when they cease to be annual meetings to be held every two years , in view of which have emerged in Latin America news organizations attuned to the current realities of the region.

The Latin-American Summits began in Mexico in 1991 and formed the first forum included and excluded Cuba to the United States, which, for the time, was real event integration, very welcome in Our America.

But the economic crisis in Spain and Portugal and the creation and strengthening of Latin American and Caribbean institutions, possessing their own autonomous mechanisms of communication with Europe, has been relegated to the background to the summits, to which is added the call low power of Panama´s government, hosted the last meeting.

Mexico will now, as it had in its inception 22 years ago, the challenge of reviving these summits and give them the sense demanded by changes in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has fallen sharply the prestige and prominence of Washington and Madrid.

Translated by Daysi Olano

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