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President Ortega addresses international solidarity conference

Nicaragua Network | Monday, 27 July 2015 | Click here for original article

On 20 and 21 July, a conference in solidarity with Sandinista Revolution was held in Managua, organised by the European solidarity movement and the Sandinista government. Representatives of solidarity organisations and political parties from the US, Japan and Vietnam and Latin American countries also attended.

The conference took the name of Comandante Gaspar Garcia Laviano, a Spanish priest and poet, who joined the Sandinista guerrilla forces in the insurrection against the Somoza dictatorship and died in an ambush in 1978 at the age of 37 years. https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaspar_Garc%C3%ADa_Laviana

Carlos Fonseca Teran, son of FSLN founder Carlos Fonseca Amador, facilitated the conference which included a talk on the development of the social economy, a key element in poverty reduction, by presidential social policy adviser Orlando Nuñez Soto.

Massimo Angellini of the European solidarity coordination spoke of the high levels of participation of Nicaraguans in the revolutionary process as witnessed by the hundreds of thousands who celebrated the 36th anniversary the previous day.

Javier Huerta of Spain reported on the 27 person European solidarity brigade that had completed work in five departments of Nicaragua in the days before the conference.

In the final declaration, the delegates expressed support for the Sandinista government in the second stage of the Sandinista revolution and committed themselves to making known the reality of the Nicaraguan process in their countries. The declaration also called for solidarity with Venezuela and Ecuador in the face of US destabilisation and an end to the US blockade of Cuba. The declaration went on to support the statement of the 2014 summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) declaring the region a ‘zone of peace’.

The declaration also condemned “any possible interference by the governments of the US or the EU or any of their institutions or organisations against the democratic electoral process that will take place in November 2016 in Nicaragua,” a point proposed by the US Nicaragua Network.

President Ortega attended the closing ceremony where he read off the names of the delegates with greetings to those he remembered from the 1980s and a welcomed a new generation of young solidarity activists.

In his speech, President Ortega spoke of the heroism of “the people of Greece who voted against the packet of measures imposed by those who dominate the economic structure of Europe.” He added, “Definitively, the people of Greece have challenged the tyranny of global capitalism” but, he noted, while the global economic powers present themselves as supporters of the vote of the people, “when the vote goes against them there is no respect.”

Referring to climate change ministerial talks that took place on 20 and 21 July in Paris, the president explained that the Nicaraguan government is promoting a fund for developing countries to confront the problems caused by climate change. He pointed out that rich countries have not fulfilled their commitments to contribute even a small amount to the fund: Nicaragua is proposing that their contribution should be 0.5% of their GDP.

President Ortega closed by saying that, “We feel honoured by your presence in Nicaragua, by your commitment to our people, and we know that you are fighters for the common causes of humanity: peace, justice and freedom.”