ABC. Her Majesty the Queen and the wives of the chiefs of State and of Government attendees to the Latin-American Summit XV realized yesterday a tour for the old hull salmantino to admire the principal architectural jewels of this city of palaces and churches. Between the curiosity and the samples of sharm of few neighbors and tourists who pass along the city, Dona Sofía and the wives of the leaders crossed afoot and in buses the most emblematic edicios and numerous photos of recollection were done.
The leaders produce an honoring to Don Juan Carlos for thirty years of Reign
Enrique Iglesias emphasized the " enormous labor " of the King and delivered him
a tray of silver with the signatures of all the presidents, included them of absent SALAMANCA. The Latin-American leaders produced yesterday an honoring to His Majesty the King on the occasion of thirty years of hisproclamation, which is fulfilled next November 22, and gave him a great tray of silver with the signatures of all of them, included those of the presidents who have not travelled to the Summit of Salamanca.
The honoring, which was a surprise for Don Juan Carlos, took place during the luncheon that the attendees supported in the former Auditorium of the University of Salamanca to the Latin-American Summit. Till now, this gesture of the Latin Americans will be the only act related to the royal commemoration, since officially there is nothing foreseen to celebrate the trigésimo anniversary in Spain. Not at least yesterday, that there were many references to the commemoration, the prime minister, Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, did some allusion to it in his speech during the inaugural ceremony of the Summit.
He was the Latin-American secretary general, Enrique Iglesias, the manager of delivering the tray to the King, in which the following dedication could be read: " In honoring of respect and affection his thirty years of Reign and to his labor in the construction of the Latin-American community ". But the delivery was accompanied also of the affectionate words that Churches, in name of all the leaders, it directed Don Juan Carlos. This way, the Latin-American secretary general emphasized the " enormous labor " realized by the King in the construction of the Latin-American community.
Gratefulness of the Monarch
After receiving this honoring, Don Juan Carlos assured that it was not waited and said that it had come to him to the heart. Later, in the night, in the dinner of show, the King was grateful for all " samples of affection with which you us have distinguished to the Queen and to me " for this Summit had coincided with the trigésimo anniversary.
The certain thing is that the speeches of the inaugural session of the Latin-American Summit have been loaded with praises closed to Don Juan Carlos by the achievements obtained in these thirty years of Reign. Both Enrique Iglesias and the president of Costa Rica, Abel Pacheco, refirieron to the commemoration.
Iglesias he remembered that Don Juan Carlos " decided that his historical destiny was to take up office as personal responsibility that his great country was changing for better. And, certainly, that in these 30 years Spain has changed and for better for his immense achievements in the construction of the vigorous democracy and the advances with firm foot in the economic progress and the social justice ".
A more relevant role
The King, in his speeches, also refirió to the advances obtained in each of the previous summits, but he demonstrated that " for its dimension and political, economic, social and cultural potential, Latin America can and must recover a more relevant role in the current world ".
As Don Juan Carlos demonstrated, " it is much what we have obtained, but it is important to admit also that we have a long way up to reaching the growth, the integration and the social well-being with equity, which we wish for all our citizens ".
The Queen will travel to Guatemala and El Salvador to know the hurts(damages) of the "Stan" Salamanca. Agencies
The Queen will initiate next Monday a trip to Guatemala and El Salvador to know on the area the consequences of the tropical storm "Stan".
This trip was resolved in the breakfast of work that they supported today in Salamanca, on the occasion of the Summit XV Latin-American, the King, the chief of the Government, Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the presidents and chancellors of the Central American countries.
The representatives of these countries asked for Dona Sofía's trip expressly the King and this one agreed immediately, informed Efe a speaker of the House of the King, who made clear that the plane in which the Queen will travel will take medical and technical help to relieve the hurts of the tropical storm.
The Chilean president, Ricardo Lagos, paid today a sincere tribute to King Juan Carlos. In his last intervention in the plenary session, Lagos celebrated the fact that this XV Latin American Summit coincides with the 30th reigning anniversary of HM the King. Lagos said that Don Juan Carlos has spent the first 15 years of his reign (from 1975 to 1990) 'working for a modern and democratic Spain’ and the following 15 years 'raising up a community like the Latin American one, so that it can project itself into the XXI century’.
As answer, the King asked permission to break the protocol of the plenary sessions and said: 'Thank you very much, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart’.
In the first day of this summit, the King received as gift for his thirty years as monarch a great tray of silver, with the signature of all the Heads of State and Government of the 22 nations that took part in the Latin American Summit.
Photo from EFE: the group photo, taken from the balcony of the City Hall of Salamanca, at the end of the XV Ibero-American Summit.