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What does the XXIV Sao Paulo Forum propose?

americaThe XXIV annual meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum (FSP) began yesterday in Havana, with the participation of 400 delegates and guests from member parties, as well as representatives from social movements and organizations on the left from Latin America, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world.

The opening session was presided by José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s (PCC) Central Committee; Mónica Valente, FSP executive secretary; and Gleisi Hoffman, president of the Workers Party in Brazil (PT).

Also present were Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and other Cuban leaders, regional coordinators of the event, and special guests including Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and former Presidents Dilma Rousseff, from Brazil, and Manuel Zelaya, from Honduras.

José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, member of the PCC Secretariat and head of its international relations department, commented, “The highest leadership of our Party has made the decision to contribute to concluding this new meeting of the continent’s left forces with practical agreements, and with greater collective consciousness on the need to advance in the construction of broad continental unity, on the basis of integrationist principles represented by Simón Bolívar and José Martí in the 19th century, and Fidel Castro and Hugo more recently.”


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