Chavez: Sum­mit should be last with­out Cuba

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CARA­CAS | Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez said he thinks a bloc of left-lean­ing na­tions should at­tend the up­com­ing Sum­mit of the Amer­i­cas de­spite its op­po­si­tion to the ex­clu­sion of Cuba.

Mr. Chavez said he thinks mem­bers of the Bo­li­var­ian Al­liance ought to at­tend the April 14-15 sum­mit in Carta­gena, Colom­bia, in or­der to de­mand Cuba’s fu­ture par­tic­i­pa­tion, the state-run Venezue­lan News Agency re­ported.

“This will be the last so-called ‘Sum­mit of the Amer­i­cas’ with­out Cuba. The next one wouldn’t oc­cur,” Mr. Chavez said in a phone call broad­cast on state tele­vi­sion Mon­day night.

Mr. Chavez said he had dis­cussed the mat­ter with the lead­ers of Ar­gentina, Bo­livia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Brazil.

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