Resolution on Central American Parliament

Meeting of the Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santo Domingo, 23-24 March 1998

Original: Spanish

The Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (SICLAC), meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 23-24 March 1998,

Considering:

1. That the Central American Union is essential for the eradication of poverty and to achieve a significant improvement in the living standards and level of culture and education of the people of the region, and to strengthen the capacity of Central America to make itself heard at international level;

2. The agreement between the Presidents of Central America to initiate a gradual and progressive process for the constitution of the Central American Union, as a better form of expression than the Community Association stipulated in the Tegucigalpa protocol of 1991;

3. That the desire for the political union of Central America can only be achieved by strengthening and consolidating democratic and representative institutions at regional level, and

4. The essential role of the Central American Parliament in the process of political union in Central America,

Resolves:

1. To recognise the spirit of integration expressed by the Presidents of Central America in the Declaration of Nicaragua, in September 1997.

2. To grant full support for the legitimate position and aspiration of the Central American Parliament in the sense that improved authorities and binding powers may be conferred upon it within the system of Central American integration.

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