by Lady Michelle-Jennifer Santos, Founder & Publisher
March 6, 2013 (TSR) – The members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) have paid tribute to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
Speaking on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Cuba’s permanent representative in Geneva, Anayansi Rodriguez, expressed her country’s deepest solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela, especially with the relatives and friends of Commander President Chavez. Rodriguez said Chavez played a key role in Latin America’s path towards its second independence, fighting and working tirelessly, not only for his own people but for many nations of the world.
CELAC makes a commitment to continuing Chávez legacy and responds to his last words sent from his hospital bed in Cuba in January Summit in their official statement issued on March 6 below, translated in English:
The members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the peoples of our America received with dismay and deep sorrow the news of the death of the Commander President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
We express our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Commander President Chávez, to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Venezuelan people, to whom he devoted his life.
His permanent dedication to the sovereignty and integration of our nations and to the development of solidarity between the peoples of our region; his dedication to the eradication of poverty and inequality in Venezuela and in our region; and his decision to work for the achievement of a united, strong and secure Latin America and the Caribbean, are values that have nourished the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
For the CELAC, of which he was one of the founders and driving forces, the example of Commander President Chávez encourages us to redouble our efforts for Latin American and Caribbean unity, cooperation, solidarity and integration. This is the best tribute that the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean can pay to Commander President Hugo Chávez Frías.