South American countries were urged on Wednesday (April 4) to unite and evolve a new inter-American programme less dependent on the United States.
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SCU Sr. Plaza makes opening speech in Spanish
"We have noticed two notable changes in the last few years. Firstly we note a clearer definition in the interests of the Latin American countries in social and economic matters and a larger comprehension amongst them for the expression of such interests. Secondly the horizons of the United States as those of Latin America have been enlarged appreciably while stretching to the relations with other regions of the world. In the solemnity of these deliberations we must not, nor can we forget, the anguished cry of millions of human beings who claim a more just and dignified life. The growing clamour for schools, health, and homes, the insistent demand for land and work; these voices of America claim the attention of the Organisation of American States in a spirit of continental solidarity."
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Background: South American countries were urged on Wednesday (April 4) to unite and evolve a new inter-American programme less dependent on the United States.
The Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Galo Plaza, an ex-President of Ecuador, told the annual meeting of OAS Foreign Ministers in Washington: "We need to eliminate any vestige of dependency, replacing it with interdependence."
The existence of a vigorous Latin American nationalism must be recognised and the stronger Latin American unity became, and the more clearly it was defined, the better it would serve general harmony in the hemisphere, he added.
The following is a translation of the portion of Galo Plaza's speech in Spanish on film: