me that ours are sclerotic and hypertrophied states, incapable of satisfying the needs of ourpeoples and in providing the fruit that democracy is obligated to give.This affords serious consequences in our ability to honor the second debt that I want to mention,or debt to development. A debt which, I repeat, we ourselves must honor. Neither Spanishcolonialism, lack of natural resources, or the hegemony of the United States, or any other theory product of the eternal victimization of Latin America can explain the fact that we refuse toincrease our expenditure on innovation, to charge taxes to our rich, to graduate professionals inengineering and hard sciences, and to promote competence, construct infrastructure or bringlegal security to companies. The time has come that each mast holds the weight of its ownprogress. With what right does Latin America complain about the inequalties that divide its peoples, whenit receives almost half its income in indirect taxes, and the fiscal budgets of some countries inthe region reaches only 10% of its GDP. With what right does Latin America complain about itsunderdevelopment, if she demonstrates a resistance to change each time somebody mentionssadapting to new circumstances. With what right does Latin America complain about the lack of quality jobs, if she permits that the average education is only 8 years? And what right does Latin America complain about her poverty when she spends, every year, almost $60 billion in armsand soldiers?Our debt to peace is the most embarasing, because it demonstrates the amnesia of a región thatfeeds teh return to an arms race, directed in many cases to combat chosts and phantoms. Itdemonstrates, a total incapacity to establish priorities in Latin America, a practice that preventsthe concretion of a true agenda for development. There are countries with internal conflicts thatcan justify an increase in their national defense expenditure. But in the majority of ourcountries, an increase in military expenditure is inexcusable before the needs of our people whose true enemies are hunger, sickness, illiteracy, inequality, criminality and environmentaldegredation. It is a shame that in this Summit of Unity Honduras is absent, whose people fell victim to militarization and who do not deserve punishment, but help.If they would have asked me twenty years ago that in 2010 I would still be condemning theincrease in military spending in Latin America, I would probably have been surprised. How,after seeing the destroyed bodies of young people and children injured in war, could this region yearn for a return to weapons? How can it permit the Dante-esque parade of rockets, missilesand rifles that march in front of destroyed desks, empty lunchboxes and clinics withoutmedicine? Some would say that I err in trusting in a future of peace. I don¶t think so. Hope isnever an error, no matter how many times it is cheated.I still hope for a new day for Latin America and the Caribbean. I hope for a future of greatnessfor our peoples. The day will come when democracy, development and peace fill the pantries of the region. The day will come in which will cease the counting of lost generations. It could betomorrow, if we dare to do it. It could be next year, or the next decade, or the next century. Formy part, I will keep fighting. Without caring about the shadows, I will seek waiting the light atthe end of the rainbow. I will keep fighting until that day comes.Dear friends, sharing with you this forum, the same as so many others, has been my honouredand true priviledge. This is my last summit and in saying goodbye, I want you to know that inOscar Arias you will always have a true friend.Thank you.