Resolution on the Dominican Republic

Meeting of the SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1-2 April 2016

Original: Spanish

The Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, meeting in Santo Domingo on 1-2 April 2016:

CONSIDERING: That the unity of the family, founded upon the values of peace, solidarity, freedom and equality, constitutes one of the basic principles of social democracy as expressed in the 1989 Declaration of Principles of the Socialist International;

CONSIDERING: That the alliance of social and political forces, setting aside individual interests and past differences, with the ultimate aim to guarantee for their peoples complete wellbeing, sustainable development and prosperity for each and every person of society must be the purpose of all political activity;

CONSIDERING: That in our region, the experiences of Venezuela with the Pacto de Punto Fijo, and of Chile with the Concertación, as well as of Spain with the Pacto de la Moncloa, each one within their own determined historic, social and political circumstances, were key factors in the consolidation of their respective nations as vibrant economies and solid democracies and serve as an example to promote a productive dialogue between different  political organisations with a view to achieving prosperity for all;

CONSIDERING: That the thesis of Shared Government supported by Dr José Francisco Peña Gómez, one of the founding leaders of social democracy in our region, is the ideological essence underpinning the Alliance between the Dominican Revolutionary Party and the Dominican Liberation Party, ahead of the upcoming elections on 15 May 2016;

RESOLVES: To express its recognition of the unifying efforts made by the Dominican Revolutionary Party, represented by its president Ing. Miguel Vargas, and the Dominican Liberation Party, represented by the President of the Republic and Presidential Candidate Lic. Danilo Medina, to secure the Agreement for a Shared Government of National Unity aiming at a comprehensive reform of the State, with measures that will guarantee social inclusion, a substantial improvement of public services and outstanding institutional reforms.