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Alberto Fernández seeks to preside over Celac, an alternative to the OAS without the United States.



The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, seeks to increase its influence on the American continent at the expense of the weight of the United States in the region. Last night he was scheduled to receive in Buenos Aires the delegations of the member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) who are going to participate in a summit of foreign ministers from which he hopes to emerge as president of the organization.

Celac was created in 2011 under the impulse of the then leader of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, with the aim of serving as an alternative to the Organization of American States (OAS), based in Washington, and thus escape the US tutelage over the region.

In fact, the more than 30 member countries are almost the same as those of the OAS, but without the US and Canada. In addition, Brazil withdrew a year ago when considering the Government of Jair Bolsonaro that gives “prominence to undemocratic regimes.” On the other hand, Cuba does belong to Celac, while it was excluded from the OAS in 1962 without, despite the fact that this veto was lifted in 2009, it has requested its reinstatement.

Among the main purposes that Celac declares is its dialogue with other countries and regions, which includes not only dialogue with the European Union, but also strengthening ties with countries such as China Y Russia, posing a possible threat to US influence in the area.

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Alberto Fernández already tried to rise to the leadership of Celac at the summit held last September in Mexico, whose president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is the current president of the organization. However, at that time the claim of the tenant of the Casa Rosada could not be carried out by the Nicaraguan opposition, which did not forgive him for his criticism of the lack of human rights and the imprisonment of opposition candidates in the weeks prior to the elections of November in the Central American country. The election of the president of Celac is adopted unanimously, so that the Nicaraguan vote is essential for Fernández’s aspiration to prosper.

Nicaragua green light

Apparently, those squeamishnesses have been overcome and,
according to the Argentine newspaper ‘La Nación’
, the host of the summit already has all the necessary support. The resistance of the Government of Daniel Ortega It would have been defeated with winks such as the return of the Argentine ambassador to Managua, retired amid the tensions between the two countries, as well as the abstention in the vote in December of an OAS resolution that accused Nicaragua of failing to comply with the Inter-American Democratic Charter. .

The Celac ministerial summit is held while Argentina negotiates an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to refinance your debt of more than 41,000 million dollars, a decision in which the United States has a lot to say. The Fernández government insists that it will not comply with the required adjustment, but that despite this there will be no ‘default’.

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