A conference on relations between the European Economic Community and Latin America began in the Uruguayan Atlantic resort of Punta Del Este on Monday (4 March).
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Background: A conference on relations between the European Economic Community and Latin America began in the Uruguayan Atlantic resort of Punta Del Este on Monday (4 March).
About 200 senior Ministers and trade experts from 20 Latin American countries and the E.E.C. attended the conference, arranged by the Italian-Latin American Institute and the Uruguayan government.
The E.E.C. delegation was headed by E.E.C. Commission Vice-President Carlo Scarascia-Mugnozza.
Cuba was represented among the Latin American delegates for the first time since it was suspended from the Organisation of American States (OAS) in 1962.
The agenda for the three-day conference covered special E.E.C. trade agreements for some types of Latin American goods, international monetary problems, and technical and financial cooperation between the E.E.C. and Latin America.
The Mexican Trade Minister, Ruben Genzalez Sosa, said it was "lamentable that the E.E.C. programme for development had omitted the Latin American countries".
The Cuban delegate, Foreign Trade Minister Marcelo Fornandez Font, strongly criticised the E.E.C. for submitting to a United States trade embargo against Cuba, which has been in force since 1962.
He said Latin America needed long-term investments for development, with low interest rates and no conditions.