Tuesday, July 31st 2012 - 23:19 UTC

With Venezuela Mercosur has become “a new pole of world power”

Argentine President Cristina Fernández said on Tuesday during a press conference held at the Mercosur extraordinary summit in Brasilia, that Venezuela’s entry to the bloc “strengthens the entire region” and creates a “new pole of power” at world level.

Family picture for the four presidents

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay made the incorporation act official at the special summit held in Brasilia with the attendance of the four leaders: Cristina Fernandez, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Uruguay’s Jose Mujica and the host Dilma Rousseff.

The event started Tuesday morning in the Planalto Palace when the four presidents met and later had the family picture taken. This was followed by a press conference and a special lunch at the Brazilian Itamaraty chancery in honour of the presidents.

“This is a historic day that fills me with joy”, said the Argentine president adding that the inclusion of Venezuela “calls for the creation of the institutions for this new pole of power”.

Venezuela incorporation to Mercosur was decided at the mid year presidential summit in Mendoza, Argentina at the end of June when the other full member Paraguay was suspended because of the removal of Fernando Lugo from the presidency.

Following the three presidents agreed the inclusion of Venezuela as full member of the block, which had been pending because of the refusal of the Paraguayan Senate to have Hugo Chavez in the trade block. Chavez’ original request dates from 2006.

Venezuela's swearing into the bloc makes it the first country to join the bloc since it was founded in 1991.

“I still remember the small minded sponsors who were against the inclusion of Venezuela”, and who argued that “it was not convenient to be part of Mercosur because Brazil would gobble us” given its size.

Cristina Fernandez then turned to Chavez and said that “your solitude was not personal or government solitude, it was political and cultural solitude from our region in South America” and immediately recalled that “Nestor Kirchner and Lula da Silva always dreamt of this happening”.


The Argentine president then criticized “developed countries” blaming them for the current global “financial insecurity”.

“I’ve read that the idea of capping the price of our commodities has resurfaced as if we were endangering global food security. Let us tell them to be at ease that we can provide food security because the world is in this condition not because of the soybeans, or because of wheat or corn, but rather because of the financial insecurity which those same developed countries generated”, said Cristina Fernandez.

She added that “we are going to produce more and better food, but what we are demanding is financial security, an end to fiscal havens, and end to double speech”.

With Venezuela Mercosur “closes the equation” in the regional block “because it is energy, food, minerals, knowledge, aggregate value, industrialization, know-how that we are now going to share”.

President Chavez said that with the incorporation of Venezuela “the new period of the accelerated history we are building has been opened”, which will mean “historic changes” for the region.

“We are where we should have always been, Venezuela’s inclusion in Mercosur was long overdue, but everything that is to happen has its moment”, said Chavez.

“We have come to Mercosur with all our wishes for a full integration” and to make this block “a mechanism of integration which goes beyond trade, which means social integration”, he added.

Finally Chavez said that Mercosur must be seen as “the largest locomotive to preserve our independence and to guarantee our integral development”.

“As of today Venezuela belongs to one of the most powerful blocks in the world which concentrates 300 million people and a GDP of over 3tn dollars,” rich in resources, energy and know-how.

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1 Joe Bloggs (#) Jul 31st, 2012 - 11:35 pm Report abuse
Pole of power? Say what? FFS! LOL!
2 redpoll (#) Jul 31st, 2012 - 11:47 pm Report abuse
Bombastic bull excrement
3 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 31st, 2012 - 11:50 pm Report abuse
And I think I am a Greek Adonis......I wonder if I say it enough others will too!
4 Frank (#) Jul 31st, 2012 - 11:55 pm Report abuse
Pole of power..... 6V on the negative side....
5 JohnN (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 12:37 am Report abuse
Pole of power indeeeeeed...the power to introduce further into South America the corrupt nature of Venezuela - worst in Latin America next to Haiti. The power to introduce the terrorist-supporting Iranian network. The power to preach Hugo Chávez' looney mix of Boliviarian philosphy and his version of Marxism. Such power! Such a “foco” (focus) of wonky tercermundisimo (third world ism)...
6 Malvinero1 (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 01:00 am Report abuse
Pole of power? Say what? FFS! LOL!
Pole of Power etc..
The brits excrement,since uk is FINISHED and is out of the picture,they cry.
¨Ladran Sancho,señal que cabalgamos:
AHAHAHHAHAHAHAH nice to see the brits trash,in envy...
Get ou uk is FINISHED!

7 Lord Ton (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 01:05 am Report abuse
And with only one democracy in the club !

Poor little Uruguay, having to mix with tin-pot dictators and banana Republics.
8 redpoll (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 01:11 am Report abuse
Oh dear malvinero whol ives in a land of fantasy dreaming of islands that dont exist
9 Idlehands (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 02:10 am Report abuse
Pole of Power? They've been watching too much Harry Potter.
10 Joe Bloggs (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 02:33 am Report abuse

Oh Malvi. You're sort of cute.
11 Marcos Alejandro (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 02:39 am Report abuse
Nice picture.
12 Think (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 04:40 am Report abuse


I can see that the Brutish influence in Malvinas is mounting.
Smashing religious imagery on a cemetery……
How civilized…
How brave…

I’ll bet the 100 pesos in my wallet that they’ll never find the “heroes” that did it…..
“Omertà” is the name of the game in Malvinas.
You Whenies better get used to it…
13 Dr. Jeorbbels (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 05:50 am Report abuse
CFK vows to end her speciality - “an end to double speech”. I fall over laughing.
14 Ottona (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 05:57 am Report abuse
The Brits are going broke and will not be able to pay for the Malvinas: Brit banks will now face years of thousands of court cases concerning the “Libor rate” fraud. Washington Post estimates it will cost them $ 70 billion. In the end the Brit government will have to nationalize them with tax payer money. The Falkslanders will have a choice - repatriation to their poor England - or association with a thriving MERCOSUR South America. The Brits had to leave Hon Kong - they will have to leave the Malvinas. But the Falklanders can have the same deal like Hon Kong: One Argentina but with an “autonomy” for the Falklanders in the Malvinas.
15 A.J.Rimmer (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 06:48 am Report abuse
Thanks for that 14, you have just proven how out of touch you are, and by typing that nonsence, you have proven how much of an idiot you are.

Again, thanks for that.
16 Dr. Jeorbbels (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 07:02 am Report abuse
Ottona (#) you should become an Argentine politician, you talk absolute nonsense! and the Falklands will remain British just so long as they wish it. If and when Argentina becomes a true democracy, maybe then you will respect the right of self determination.
17 Eddieposted (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 07:19 am Report abuse
”one of the most powerful blocks in the world with a GDP of over 3tn dollars.
LOL - The EU GDP is $17.4 trillion (including Germany alone at $3.6 trillion)
18 Steveu (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 07:34 am Report abuse
@11 - Which one won - rock, paper or scissors? ;-)
19 Rhaurie-Craughwell (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 08:11 am Report abuse
I believe that the glass was smashed thunk....not exactly smashing religious idols is it?

Any way all I will say is, you create enough ill will and bad mouth and denigrate against a country and eventually peoples tolerance will wear thin the more hot headed members of the community will over react.....I'm just surprised its taken so long given the bull shit and verbal abuse your lunatic country and non government has been hurling impotently at the islands and the UK.
20 Guzz (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 08:44 am Report abuse
UK doesn't need no help whatsoever to denigrate its name and reputation, it has you guys. As Uruguayan, after watching the olympics, I can only reaffirm UK is a racist nation, invasive even to its own inhabitants. No Welsh wanting God to save the queen tonight :)
21 Eddieposted (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 09:30 am Report abuse
Try posting something to support your drivel :)
22 Conqueror (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 11:49 am Report abuse
@6 Strangely enough, I don't believe mercosur's combined GDP matches that of the UK. See, whatever figures the individual countries quote, it has to be reduced by around 25%. To account for the runaway inflation. But it's nice to see argieland and chavezland getting together. Given their individual track records, they should be able to ruin all four countries in short order. In the meantime, what a shame the “pole of power”, consisting of a demented botox-filled loser, an (ex-) guerrilla, a frightened, senile old man and a raving, dying, megalomaniac can't do what the UK can do on its own!
@12 It was your “special forces”, wasn't it? Not brave enough for a stand-up like men fight, eh? But then you never have been. I'm curious, why do you have those blue and white stripes on your dishrag? Why not be honest and have it all yellow? And why are you keeping toilet paper in your wallet? Is it that precious now?
@14 Still dreaming? Try Harry Potter or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. So much more believable.
@20 Still waiting for the Wicked Witch of the South to come and seize the place where you live, eh? Won't bother you, will it? You're already on the payroll! Lookee, lookee everybody, a Uruguayan fink!
23 Captain Poppy (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 02:15 pm Report abuse
If by “pole of Power” she means like the power or static electcity, she's right on target. Mercosur is now going to be a trading bloc amongst itself. With a continent that is only seconf to Africa in poverty and countries with closed and shrinking economies, mathematically even a short run scenario looks bad for them.
24 Rhaurie-Craughwell (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 02:49 pm Report abuse
What on earth are you talking about Guzz, I sense a twinge of bitterness in your deranged keyboard adventures, where you gang violated by a British stag do?

Well that would explain why you type like you have your arse cheeks clenched tightly together :)
25 Harry Stamper (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 03:47 pm Report abuse
A deluded bunch.
Mercosur should be based on sound business sense and shared goals, these bunch of space cadets are driven political belief and all have anterior motives. The only winner in the long term will be Brazil, with Arg continuing to implode and VZ continuing to waste it's vast natural resources with Comrade Hugo's daft ideas.
26 ChrisR (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 05:47 pm Report abuse
@12 I don't Think aka The Turnip In Chief

How do we know, following the intrusion of your hockey captain who used the First World War Memorial on the Falklands (there are STILL no Malvinas) to do step ups that it wasn't a Malvinista who did the damage?

I would rather keep quit until the culprit is captured or identified (if he / she has left) and deal with it then. And, unlike you and your degenerate compatriots, I think there will be an excellent chance of apprehesing the reprehensible person(s) involved.

The last time you qutoted your wallet it had 160 shit pesos in it. The Mad Bitch Of Argentina strikes again, is it?
27 British_Kirchnerist (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
#11 You beat me to it =) Great speech by Cristina too
28 briton (#) Aug 01st, 2012 - 11:18 pm Report abuse
Has become, is a power of axes.

Only this axe, is as surely blunt .

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