Argentina obtained this Friday the necessary support to preside in 2022 the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac). This was determined during the XXII Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the group, held in Buenos Aires. “There is consensus,” said Marcelo Ebrard, the Foreign Minister of Mexico., country that held the presidency since 2020.
After months of intense talks with member countries, Argentina was the only candidate to lead the body. He assumes the pro tempore presidency after the candidacy failed to achieve the necessary consensus at the summit of presidents last September.
Chancellor Santiago Cafiero stated that “it is a great honor and pride ”that Argentina holds the pro tempore presidency of the Celac, and assured that the objective “will be the search for consensus”, by leading the opening of the summit of the regional bloc that takes place in the San Martín palace.
In his speech, the Argentine minister stressed that “The integration process of a peaceful region continues beyond the coronavirus pandemic.”
The objectives of the Argentine presidency of Celac
At the beginning of the second day of deliberations of the Celac Summit, Cafiero stressed that the idea is “to give continuity to the popular and regional mandate, which is to advance in integration despite difficulties” because “this is a time of pandemic.”
On that subject, the chancellor admitted that “Perhaps the greatest difficulty has been the pandemic, But this did not prevent Mexico (current president pro tempore) or all those who are part of Celac from working during 2020 and 2021 and thus projecting to work in 2022 all together in diversity “.
Cafiero stated that the objective of Argentina’s pro tempore presidency is “advance with an open agenda in the task of strengthening dialogue in the region, of the states parties and, fundamentally, continue with the integration tools necessary to continue building a peaceful region. “
“We do not start from scratch, we are part of a story, we are part of the history where many leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean have left testimony after testimony, and these testimonies show the world that we are deeply proud of our culture of encounter and peace, “he reaffirmed.
He stated that “this is the area par excellence of Latin America and the Caribbean that promotes dialogue without exclusions, that is what we commit ourselves to in today’s work and that is what Argentina is committed to”.
In addition, it was proposed to emphasize gender policies “to ensure equality for women in the region and promote digital and technological cooperation in a region rich in diversity and identity.”
Support by Malvinas
Cafiero also thanked the support of the Celac states to the Argentine claim for the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands, 40 years after the war with Great Britain for the possession of the islands, and assured that it is a demand “in peace sustained through diplomatic channels.”
“Pope Francis advocated for a time in which an epic of solidarity is constituted in international relations. And Celac is a vivid testimony of that conception,” Cafiero pointed out when closing his speech before the audience at the Palacio San Martín.