Weekly Report - 26 January 2023 (WR-23-04)

Democracy dominates Celac summit in Argentina

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández played host to regional leaders for the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) on 24 January. Fernández has tried to revive Celac, which was launched in December 2011 in Caracas by Venezuela’s former president Hugo Chávez (1999-2013), to supersede the Organization of American States (OAS), comprising all the same member countries, with the notable exception of the US and Canada. The principal focus of the summit was on promoting regional unity through respect for democracy and human rights, for instance, but this exposed some inherent contradictions that overshadowed other discussions, and it explained why the main media interest was on the attendees and absentees.

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