En serio el discurso de Obama en La Cumbre de las Américas es realmente motivador y brinda optimismo para el futuro. Sí es un cambio de actitud que no había visto antes. Por el momento no es mucho más que eso, pero eso hoy en día es mucho.
All of us must now renew the common stake that we have in one another.
I know that promises of partnership have gone unfulfilled in the past,
and that trust has to be earned over time. While the United States has
done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at
times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms. But
I pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership. (Applause.) There is
no senior partner and junior partner in our relations; there is simply
engagement based on mutual respect and common interests and shared
values. So I'm here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be
sustained throughout my administration. (Applause.)
To move forward, we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past
disagreements. I am very grateful that President Ortega — (applause)
— I'm grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that
happened when I was three months old. (Laughter.) Too often, an
opportunity to build a fresh partnership of the Americas has been
undermined by stale debates. And we've heard all these arguments
before, these debates that would have us make a false choice between
rigid, state-run economies or unbridled and unregulated capitalism;
between blame for right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents;
between sticking to inflexible policies with regard to Cuba or denying
the full human rights that are owed to the Cuban people.
didn't come here to debate the past — I came here to deal with the
future. (Applause.) I believe, as some of our previous speakers have
stated, that we must learn from history, but we can't be trapped by it.
As neighbors, we have a responsibility to each other and to our
citizens. And by working together, we can take important steps forward
to advance prosperity and security and liberty. That is the 21st
century agenda that we come together to enact. That's the new direction
that we can pursue.
And let me add that I recognize that the problem will not simply be
solved by law enforcement if we're not also dealing with our
responsibilities in the United States. And that's why we will take
aggressive action to reduce our demand for drugs, and to stop the flow
of guns and bulk cash south across our borders. (Applause.) And that's
why I'm making it a priority to ratify the Illicit Trafficking in
Firearms Convention as another tool that we can use to prevent this
from happening. And I also am mindful of the statement that's been made
earlier, that unless we provide opportunity for an education and for
jobs and a career for the young people in the region, then too many
will end up being attracted to the drug trade. And so we cannot
separate out dealing with the drug issue on the interdiction side and
the law enforcement side from the need for critical development in our
So together, we have to stand up against any force that separates
any of our people from that story of liberty — whether it's crushing
poverty or corrosive corruption; social exclusion or persistent racism
or discrimination. Here in this room, and on this dais, we see the
diversity of the Americas. Every one of our nations has a right to
follow its own path. But we all have a responsibility to see that the
people of the Americans [sic] have the ability to pursue their own
dreams in democratic societies.
been several remarks directed at the issue of the relationship between
the United States and Cuba, so let me address this. The United States
seeks a new beginning with Cuba. I know that there is a longer —
(applause) — I know there's a longer journey that must be traveled to
overcome decades of mistrust, but there are critical steps we can take
toward a new day. I've already changed a Cuba policy that I believe has
failed to advance liberty or opportunity for the Cuban people. We will
now allow Cuban Americans to visit the islands whenever they choose and
provide resources to their families — the same way that so many people
in my country send money back to their families in your countries to
pay for everyday needs.
the past two years, I've indicated, and I repeat today, that I'm
prepared to have my administration engage with the Cuban government on
a wide range of issues — from drugs, migration, and economic issues,
to human rights, free speech, and democratic reform. Now, let me be
clear, I'm not interested in talking just for the sake of talking. But
I do believe that we can move U.S.-Cuban relations in a new direction.
As has already been noted,
and I think my presence here indicates, the United States has changed
over time. (Applause.) It has not always been easy, but it has changed.
And so I think it's important to remind my fellow leaders that it's not
just the United States that has to change. All of us have
responsibilities to look towards the future. (Applause.)
I think it's important to recognize,
given historic suspicions, that the United States' policy should not be
interference in other countries, but that also means that we can't
blame the United States for every problem that arises in the
hemisphere. That's part of the bargain. (Applause.) That's part of the
change that has to take place. That's the old way, and we need a new
The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been
made. We will be partners in helping to alleviate poverty. But the American people have to get some positive reinforcement
if they are to be engaged in the efforts to lift other countries out of the poverty that they're experiencing.