BREAKING NEWS: Chavez Addresses Venezuela from Granma

Message from President Chávez to the Venezuelan people
Message from
President Chávez to
the Venezuelan people

“I hope for much from time. Its immense belly contains more hopes than past events and future events have to be superior to past ones.” Simón Bolívar. Time and its rhythms, time and its mandates, time and its designs, as Ecclesiastes notes, bring me today to read this communiqué to the Venezuelan nation and the international public, as attentive as they have been to the situation of my health since it began to show signs of deterioration some weeks ago.

Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Summit postponed
Official communiqué from the Foreign Ministry of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

AS the national and international public is fully aware, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías, is presently in the midst of a process of recovery and extremely strict medical treatment.

For that reason beyond control and after prior consultations with Latin America and Caribbean governments, the Venezuelan government has taken the decision to postpone the 3rd Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development (CALC), initially scheduled for July 5-6, 2011 on the Island of Margarita.

The Bolivarian government headed by Comandante Hugo Chávez reiterates its gratitude to the sister governments of Latin America and the Caribbean which, on confirming their participation at the highest level, have made this regional meeting a momentous historical landmark, at the height of celebrating the bicentenary of the independence of our republics.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has agreed with the countries of the region, via the usual consultation mechanisms, a new date for this meeting of the Patria Grande in Venezuela during the second half of this year, 2011, with the objective of launching the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a body for the consolidation of the union and independence of our peoples.

Caracas, June 29, 2011

Translated by Granma International

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