Hugo Chávez: Speech at the Opening of the Twelfth G-15 Summit


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Welcome to this land washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, crossed by the magnificent Orinoco River. A land crowned by the perpetual snow of the Andean mountains!

A land overwhelmed by the never-ending magic of the Amazon forest and its millenary chants!

Welcome to Venezuela, the land where a patriotic people has taken over again the banners of Simon Bolívar, its Libertador, whose name is well known beyond these frontiers!

As Pablo Neruda said in his “Chant to Bolívar”:

  • Our Father thou art in Heaven,
  • in water, in air
  • in all our silent and broad latitude
  • everything bears your name, Father in our dwelling:
  • your name raises sweetness in sugar cane
  • Bolívar tin has a Bolívar gleam
  • the Bolívar bird flies over the Bolívar volcano
  • the potato, the saltpeter, the special shadows,
  • the brooks, the phosphorous stone veins
  • everything comes from your extinguished life
  • your legacy was rivers, plains, bell towers
  • your legacy is our daily bread, oh...

Source: “Speech by President Hugo Chávez, at the opening of XII G-15 Summit.” Web site.