“The question does not stem from the fact that every country in our area strives to save themselves on their own, because it is an impossible dream in a world dominated today by industrial and political giants. We need to create a giant, among all of us, so that we can truly develop ourselves and enjoy peace, independence and security".

Speech at the opening session of the Third Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, July 15, 1993