II Summit of CELAC: Ban Ki-moon travels to Cuba today

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon,  travels  to Havana today,  to  participate in the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC),  a spokesperson at UN headquarters reported.

During his travel, Ban KI-moon will also hold bilateral meetings with various Cuban governmental authorities, as well as with regional leaders present at the event, which includes a meeting of state and government leaders January 28-29.

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U.N.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Raul Castro, President of Cuba, in the Summit of the Non-Alligned Mpvement in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on 15 July 2009.UN Photo:Mark Garten

Last January 17, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made a statement after the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, announced his attendance to the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Havana, Cuba.

She was outraged by the participation of the Secretary General of the OAS in the CELAC Summit in Cuba and called the OAS multilateral dysfunctional entity. She said the trip José Miguel Insulza to Havana will be a major propaganda victory and blessing of the OAS to the Cuban regime. Ros-Lehtinen declined to comment on the visit of the Secretary General of the UN to Cuba.

Last Friday, the website of Radio Marti said the Cuban exile in Miami received with anger and upset the “diplomatic twist” involving visits by the secretaries general of the UN and the OAS to Cuba next week.

With information from agencies.

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