No Summit Declaration, No Dialogue With Cuban Dissidents -- What's the Point of Inviting Castro?

Friday, April 10, 2015
At the last Summit of the Americas (2012) in Cartagena, Colombia, there was no final declaration due to a disagreement over whether totalitarian Cuba should be invited to participate in this club of democracies.

Now, Cuba has been invited, the Democracy Clause of the Summit process has been violated -- and still there will be no final declaration.

So what was the point?

Meanwhile, senior Castro regime official, Abel Prieto, who led the harassment of Cuban dissidents that were invited to participate in the Summit's Civil Society Forum, had this to say:

"It’s not possible to ask Cuba to dialogue with puppets of these special services agencies in the U.S. We can’t legitimize that opposition which is absolutely fabricated; it doesn’t have any weight, it doesn’t have any real connection to our society. It’s just people who are seeking a way of life."

Again, what was the point of inviting Cuba's dictatorship?

Other than to agitate, intimidate, harass peaceful opponents -- and to still oppose U.S. policy and a democratic regional agenda -- no matter how much outreach and concessions Obama gives them.

Oh, that's right, it's all about a photo-op.

From EFE:

No joint declaration from Summit after early Venezuela-U.S. tensions

The Seventh Summit of the Americas will end without a joint declaration due to Venezuela's demand that it include a condemnation of sanctions the United States has imposed on it.

Delegates including foreign ministers from 35 American countries met on Thursday ahead of the Summit and agreed that Panama, as the event's host, should in lieu of a joint declaration draft a final report of the meeting.

That report will clarify any consensus reached at the Summit, convened under the motto "Prosperity with equity."

Sources at the meeting revealed that officials representing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vetoed Venezuela's demand.

The same sources revealed that Venezuela spoke with the backing of the vast majority of Latin American and Caribbean governments including Cuba, making its debut at the Summit following its rapprochement with the United States.