From the Communist party of Australia’s Guardian 12.4.06
On March 31, on the other side of the world, the Speaker of the Venezuelan Parliament, Nicolas Maduro, arrived in Havana heading a delegation that will participate in the second Cuba-Venezuela Legislative meeting, aimed at further boosting official relations.
The gathering will lay the ground-work to strengthen links between the two country’s legislative houses and implement concrete actions.
The participants will analyse the ALBA integration project, US aggression and interventionist policy, Washington´s economic and financial blockade of Cuba and the release of five Cubans unfairly imprisoned in US jails. (ALBA is the Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas, a progressive alternative to the US-promoted Free Trade Area of the Americas.)
The inter-parliamentary co-operation between the two nations and their coordination in international forums will also be discussed, including Latin American integration policy and the experiences in collaboration between Cuba and Venezuela.
Ricardo Alarcon, Speaker of the Cuban Parliament, leads the Cuban delegation at the meeting.