CELAC to sign declaration in defense of democracy, constitutional order

(posted Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m.) – Hemispheric leaders participating in this weekend’s inaugural summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will sign a “Special Declaration in the Defense of Democracy and Constitutional Order in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The document was prepared Thursday during a working session by the hemisphere’s various ministers of foreign relations, who traveled to Caracas to do the grunt work ahead of the presidents who will be arriving Friday.

The declaration in defense of democracy and constitutional order ratifies CELAC’s commitment to “promoting, defending, protecting and respecting rule of law, sovereignty, democracy and human rights.”

CELAC will also produce some 20 other documents, including the “Declaration of Caracas” and the “Caracas Action Plan,” the details of which will be revealed this weekend.

The ministers also decided that the second CELAC summit will be held in Costa Rica in 2014, according to a press statement for the Costa Rican foreign ministry.

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