Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was speaking for most countries in the region when he stated that there should not be a summit without Cuba's participation. He spoke during a meeting of foreign correspondents in Quito.
"We cannot allow the return of colonialism". He was referring to statements by the U.S. State Department spokesman who had asserted that Cuba did not meet the "democratic requirements" to attend the summit. Correa continued, "Who gave them (U.S.) such authority, such arrogance, such a colonial attitude, which prevents them from understanding what is happening in our Americas? We could do the same as these self proclaimed judges of right and wrong and ban participation at the summit for any country that invaded another."
The Summit Of The Americas is sponsored by the Organization Of American States (OAS), from which Cuba was expelled in 1962 following its decision to establish a socialist system.