Chavez Warns of Vetoing SOA Final Declaration
17 Apr 09 | PTV
President Hugo Chavez has warned that Venezuela and ‘other countries’ will veto the final declaration of the Summit of the Americas (SOA).
The summit is set to take place on Friday in Trinidad and Tobago.
Commenting on the final declaration of the Summit of the Americas, Chavez said that it was ‘misplaced in time and in space’.
“Venezuela vetoes the declaration of the Americas,” Chavez said in the eastern Venezuelan town of Cumana on Thursday.
“Let us hope that the president of the United States goes there to listen,” Chavez said. “We are going to speak our truth.”
“When the show starts (in Trinidad and Tobago) we will have to wonder why Cuba is not there,” he said.
Cuba is the only nation which is not represented in the Organization of American States (OAS) out of the 35 countries in the Americas. It was suspended from the organization in 1962, under US pressure.
Despite its absence, it is likely to play a prominent role in the summit, according to experts, with various Latin American countries letting the US President, Barack Obama, know that they would like to see an end to the US embargo on the communist island.