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Hemisphere's leaders see signs of hope

The leader's of the western hemisphere's nations concluded a two day summit Sunday, under the excitement of the new the American president, reported the New York Times.

After years of disagreement and difficulty with the U.S., the summit meeting declared a time of new and better relations in the region, reported the New York Times.

The BBC reported that the summit ended on a positive note, despite disagreement on a joint declaration and issues with the U.S. such as the exclusion of Cuba from the meeting.

“There was a spirit of good will that went way beyond the wildest dreams of any one of us,” Patrick Manning, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, said Sunday, reported the New York Times.

President Barack Obama said that the summit signified a new start to U.S. relations with its neighbors and that he saw positive signs with Cuba and Venezuela, reported the BBC.

Leaders from both Brazil and Venezuela said they hoped for better interactions with the U.S., as Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva said he saw "potential positive signs" between the US and Cuba and Venezuela, according to the BBC.

"We have a different focus obviously, but we are willing, we have the political will to work together," Reuters news agency reported Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as saying, according to the BBC.

BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8007305.stm
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/world/americas/20prexy.html?hpw