Piedad Cordoba Highlights Fidel Castro's Legacy at Sao Paulo Forum

Bogota, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Former Colombian Presidential Candidate Piedad Cordoba today highlighted the legacy of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as the founder of the Sao Paulo Forum.

In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina, the renowned lawyer, politician and former senator noted the significance of the 24th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum, to be held in Havana from July 15 to 17.

On the meeting of the main progressive parties and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, she noted that the best tribute to Fidel Castro is to continue the struggle and move forward along the path of those like him who have been determinant in the history of the Forum.

Asked about the significance of the meeting in the current situation in Latin America and the Caribbean, Cordoba underlined that the Sao Paulo Forum is the hope for our continent at present.

Above all, after the shift to the right in the balance of forces that has taken place in the region and in light of the intention by the Pentagon and the White House to continue their plans to destabilize alternative and progressive projects, she explained.

Regarding the venue of the event, she said that Havana 'offers an incentive and support to continue along the path of transformations that many parties and movement from all over the continent and other parts of the world have for long vindicated and fought for.'

'We will meet at the house of Fidel Castro, founder of the Forum and a vital beacon for those who believe in Latin American integration; hundreds of parties, movements and organizations that struggle for justice and human rights will meet to revitalize ourselves and be able to continue the struggle,' Cordoba stressed.

Cordoba, who is also the representative of the Colombian movement Poder Ciudadano (Citizen's Power), called on all participants in the Sao Paulo Forum to further strengthen the ties of brotherhood.

'Very tough times will come for us, Colombians, in light of an imminent reconfiguration and intensification of the domestic war that is more serious than the one that we have already had,' she noted about her country's sociopolitical situation.

She underlined that the meeting in the Cuban capital will be an opportunity to express solidarity to other peoples of the region who need it, like Venezuela and Ecuador.

Finally, the outstanding advocate of peace and the rights of the excluded in Colombia pointed out that the Forum must issue a declaration of solidarity with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, currently indicted and persecuted by the government of Lenin Moreno, she stated.

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Colombians in Venezuela Mobilize to Support Activist Piedad Cordoba’s bid for Presidency

Colombia’s elections are scheduled for May 2018, the first to be held after the historic peace deal between FARC and the government.

The Association of Colombians in Venezuela has started the process of gathering signatures in support of the former Colombian senator and activist Piedad Cordoba's presidential candidacy.

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"From Venezuela, we Colombians have decided to deploy throughout the country, to get the 300,000 signatures required by the National Electoral Council (of Colombia)," said the director of the Association, Juan Carlos Tanus.

Tanus said the organization's members is set to achieve their goal by November. He estimated that they may be able to collect more than one million signatures.

"She is a woman who fights for peace and the construction of the Patria Grande, from Venezuela we can also support her."

The presidential elections in Colombia are scheduled for May 2018, the first to be held after the historic peace deal signed last year between the government and the leftist guerrilla group-turned political party, now called the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons (FARC).

Cordoba announced her decision to run for presidency earlier this year while visiting the grave of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Santiago de Cuba, where she laid down flowers with a message that read, “We will follow your example and defend your legacy.”

The Afro-Colombian politician, lawyer and long-time peace activist is a renowned figure in the country and works with human rights associations in the South American nation and throughout the region.

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Piedad Cordoba Optimistic about Victory of Yes in Referendum

Former congresswoman and human rights defender Piedad Cordoba expressed today optimism about the victory of the Yes in the upcoming referendum, in which Colombians will endorse the agreements reached by the Government and FARC-EP.

'I am pleased that the campaign for that choice is advancing positively, we will get a landslide victory, some 10 million votes to validate the agreement reached in Cuba by both sides', Cordoba, spokeswoman for the Marcha Patriotica platform told the Prensa Latina news agency.

Since 2012 governmental delegates and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia -People´s Army (FARC-EP) held talks in Havana seeking to find a political solution to the internal conflict, such talks could end in close date given the advances reached.

After the so-called Final Agreement, the tenth FARC-EP conference and the formal signing of peace, the people will decide at the polls whether to support or not the results of the lengthy and complex talks.

The limit was set at four million votes but supporters of the talks seek to exceed that number by far.

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