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L. American leaders officially sign CELAC into effect as new bloc

(Xinhua)

09:41, December 05, 2011

A security guard is seen during the second plenary session of CELAC summit in Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. 3, 2011. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

CARACAS, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Leaders from 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on Saturday approved 22 documents, officially signing into effect the formation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as the new leading regional bloc.

The leaders also elected Chile's President Sebastian Pinera as temporary president of CELAC until the group's next summit, which is scheduled to be held in Chile next year.

Concluding two days of summit talks, the upbeat group of Latin American leaders praised the formal constitution of CELAC as a historic milestone in regional development and pledged to remain united in order to gain maximum power and influence as a block in world affairs.

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