SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean met in Colombia

7-8 May 2004

Members and guests of the Socialist International from the Latin American and Caribbean region and beyond convened in Santa Marta, Colombia, on 7-8 May for a meeting of the SI’s Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, SICLAC, hosted by the Liberal Party of Colombia.

The Committee focused its discussions on three main themes: Overcoming the challenges to peace in the region; Good governance and democratic stability, and Policies for trade which is fair, free and which promotes regional integration.

Resulting from its discussions, a Statement of Santa Marta was adopted, along with resolutions on Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as a Motion of Acknowledgement to the outgoing Chair of SICLAC, Raúl Alfonsín.

Rolando Araya, from the National Liberation Party, PLN, of Costa Rica, was elected Chair of the Committee and José Murat of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI, of Mexico and María del Carmen Viñas, of the Socialist Party, PS, of Argentina were elected Vice-Chairs.


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