Original: Spanish

The member parties of the Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 3-4 April 2006, welcome the presidential candidature of Alan García, leader of the Peruvian Aprista Party, APRA, a full member of the SI and which groups different progressive social and youth forces.

We express, furthermore, the hope that APRA and members of its alliance will be elected to national government at the next election on 9 April, to generate better living conditions for the majority of Peruvian families and to overcome the social stagnation caused by the neo-liberal policies practised in recent decades since the Fujimori dictatorship.

We undertake to closely follow the campaign in this sister country, confident that this electoral process will reinforce the democratic system in the region, consolidating a progressive force, far removed from any extremism or fundamentalism which is so damaging for our peoples.