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Unasur leaders to meet next month in Venezuela to decide on 2012 agenda

Monday, November 21st 2011 - 07:50 UTC
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Venezuelan Foreign Affairs minister Nicolas Maduro made the announcement Venezuelan Foreign Affairs minister Nicolas Maduro made the announcement

The Unasur (Union of South American Nations) twelve presidents will define “lines of action” for 2012 during a meeting on the sides of the Latin American and Caribbean States Community, Celac, summit scheduled for December 2 and 3 in Venezuela.

The announcement was done by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs minister Nicolas Maduro during a television interview on Sunday. Venezuelan former Foreign Affairs minister Ali Rodriguez will be taking over from Colombia’s Maria Emma Mejia the Unasur chair next chair.

Following the death of former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner in October 2010 who held the Unasur chair, the leaders of the region chose to nominate Colombia’s Mejia and Venezuela Rodriguez to share the two year post.

Maduro said the Unasur leaders will make a review of the last twelve months achievements and failures and also confirmed that the twelve South American leaders will be attending the Celac meeting that brings together 33 nations of the continent.

“So far we have confirmation from all heads of governments that they will be coming to the meeting for the foundation of the Latin America and Caribbean States Community”, said Maduro. The idea is the brain child of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

The new organization which excludes the United States and Canada will be articulated in five main areas: political, energy, social development, environment or climate change and economic-financial, according to Venezuelan officials.

Celac will finally come into existence next month in Venezuela, following a formation period which took off in meetings inside the Rio Group. The following meeting is scheduled in Chile in 2012, said Venezuelan diplomatic sources.
 

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  • GeoffWard2

    The (Bolivarian) foundation of the Latin America and Caribbean States Community - to be known as Celac, which excludes the United States and Canada, will have five main remits:

    political,
    energy,
    social development,
    environment or climate change and
    economic-financial.

    I may be wrong, but doesn't Unasur cover these areas also?

    Unasur will be deciding what to do for next year “in a side-room of the Celac meeting”.

    Has Unasur no 'balls of its own'?
    Does it have to live by hanging on the coat-tails of every latest Chavez-instigated pipe-dream?

    Last time was in a side-room of the Ibero-Latin Conference.

    This is like the European Parliament deciding to run its Continental parliamentary meetings in a side-room of the the Boy Scouts of Britain annual jamboree!

    For God's sake, South America - HAVE YOU NO PRIDE?

    Nov 21st, 2011 - 06:37 pm 0
  • Uncle Sam

    (1) GeoffWard2
    I couldn't agree with you more, Professor!

    Nov 21st, 2011 - 07:10 pm 0
  • Redhoyt

    Do you think the'y mention a certain group of British (irrefutably) owned Islands in the South Atlantic ?

    By any chance?

    Maybe?

    Perhaps someone will suggest it ?

    :-)

    Nov 22nd, 2011 - 03:53 am 0
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