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Castro blasts U.S. stance on Latin America

(Xinhua)

13:39, April 18, 2012

HAVANA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro Tuesday criticized the United States' political stance on Latin America at a just concluded pan-American summit, saying U.S.-style imperialism in Latin America was "exhausted."

"No matter what you call it, the system imposed by imperialism in this hemisphere is exhausted and cannot last," Castro said in his "Reflections," a regular editorial column published by official Cuban media.

The article was Castro's third dedication analyzing the outcome of the two-day 6th summit of the Organization of American States (OAS), which was held in Cartagena, Colombia, last weekend.

The summit, Castro said, was not a gathering of "uninformed presidents, but of the official representatives of 33 hemispheric countries, whose great majority demand answers to major economic and social problems that batter the region of the world with the greatest inequality in distribution of wealth."

The summit ended without a final joint declaration because the United States was reluctant to address Cuba's inclusion at future summits and the disputed Malvinas Islands issue, among others.

Washington says Cuba is not qualified for OAS membership as it is not a democracy.

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