Latam leaders meet amid crisis

Countries warned financial turmoil will hit exports, investments and worsen poverty.

    Leaders at the three-day meeting are looking for solutions to the economic crisis [AFP]

    Michelle Bachelet, Chile's president, proposed that the economic crisis be discussed directly by nation heads on Thursday during a private meeting.

    Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo in El Salvador said Central American states face potentially serious economic challenges resulting from the financial crisis because of their close ties to the struggling US economy.

    Chavez absent

    Elias Antonio Saca, El Salvador's president, and UNICEF, the UN children's agency, put forward a proposal for free education in the region to be discussed at the summit.

    Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president, and Raul Castro, the Cuban leader, were both absent.

    Chavez declined to attend, despite appeals from Saca, citing safety concerns.

    At last year's summit, King Juan Carlos of Spain told the Venezuelan leader to "shut up", sparking a diplomatic row between the two countries.

    Cuba was being represented by Carlos Lage, the country's vice president.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.