A gathering of world leaders representing countries from the Americas failed to reach any solid agreement or common ground over two days in Colombia. Only Cuba’s exclusion from the group almost created unanimity but the US remained a dissident voice, promising inclusion when Cuba followed steps to democracy.

THE Sixth Summit of the Americas, held to discuss common policy issues, shared values and address new challenges, was without significance or sound and fury.

There were no agreements and no big statements from the heads of state who attended and the host, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, could not even get a final declaration out of them.

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
The only issue on which most countries almost banded together was that the exclusion of Cuba must end. The US was the only dissenting party, but the remaining countries were unable to formulate a united public statement
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