High-level segment of the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit, in Santo Domingo.

The Ibero-American States rejected the unilateral coercive measures, the blockade and the financial persecution against Cuba, and asked to exclude the Island from the arbitrary list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

The 22 countries participating in the XXVIII Ibero-American Summit, based in the Dominican Republic,

approved this Saturday the Declaration of Santo Domingo, which includes among its points the rejection of unilateral coercive measures that violate international law and the United Nations Charter.

In a special communiqué, the heads of State and Government of the Ibero-American countries also

rejected the application of the Helms-Burton Act, the intensification of the blockade and the financial persecution against Cuba, and called on the US Government to comply with the 30 UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an end to that policy.

In the statement, they spoke out

against the unjustified inclusion of Cuba in the unilateral list of countries that sponsor terrorism

that Washington draws up and requested its exclusion from the list.

"We reject the application of unilateral coercive measures in violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, which hinder the ability of States to meet their development needs and priorities," says one of the points of the final declaration

. of the Summit.

“We reaffirm our commitment to democracy, the rule of law, strict respect for the Charter of the United Nations and international law, including the principles of sovereignty, non-intervention in internal affairs of States and legal equality of States,

the right of each people to freely choose and build, in peace, stability and justice, their political, economic and social system and their institutions

, as well as access to information, justice and respect for due process”.

Declaration of Santo Domingo, XXVIII Ibero-American Summit.

The Declaration of Santo Domingo, which in its preamble refers to the guide of Pedro Henríquez Ureña and Martí as "precursor of the integration of our peoples", begins by reaffirming the commitment to the principles

and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

It also expresses the "

support for multilateralism, solidarity, dialogue and international cooperation

, enshrined in the Ibero-American heritage, in order to promote the fundamental pillars of the United Nations: peace and security, development and human rights".

The Heads of State and Government of the region pledge to

work "for complete, just and lasting peace throughout the world based on the principles of the Charter of the United Nations

, including the principles of sovereign equality and territorial integrity of the States, which will also contribute to putting an end to the adverse effects of wars, including the loss of human life, food, financial, energy and environmental security crises.

They also express their support for


as a "distinctive characteristic" and "common heritage of Ibero-America";

recognize the role of the

cultural sector

in advancing the social and economic development of Ibero-American societies, and reiterate the will "to make

gender equality and equity

a transversal axis to all the work of the Ibero-American Community".

In another point of the final declaration, they maintain that "

Ibero-America requires orderly and decisive progress towards a post-COVID-19 recovery, aimed at reducing inequalities

through an inclusive, fair and unimpeded restructuring for the development of our societies, promoting our commitments to the global sustainable development agenda”.

In addition, they recognize the need to promote

mechanisms that reinforce the participation and empowerment of all people

, valuing the contribution of native and Afro-descendant indigenous peoples.

By addressing the realities of the "complex international context", which "imposes a series of challenges that cannot be addressed in isolation by any country" and jeopardizes achievements in sustainable development, the document states that "it is urgent that development be prioritized through the mobilization of new, additional and predictable financial resources, access to technological advances and technology transfer”.

(With information from agencies and Declaration of Santo Domingo)

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