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Peru proposes a South American “peace force” to contain regional conflicts

Wednesday, November 25th 2009 - 05:41 UTC
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Minister Mercedes Araoz Minister Mercedes Araoz

Peru will propose the creation of a South American “Peace Force” next Friday in Ecuador when the meeting of the Union of South American Nations Defence Council, announced Peruvian Production minister Mercedes Araoz following a meeting in Montevideo with Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez.

“The idea is to have in the framework of Unasur a clear agenda of non aggression among the region’s countries, consolidated in a Peace Protocol”, said Araoz. Among these concepts “we contemplate the creation of a South American military peace force made up with officers and troops from all countries”.-

This “peace force” would act when for example two countries are going through moments of great tension “and intervening with the peace force could help to ease tempers and the situation”.

The Peruvian proposal comes when the region is again undergoing moments of tension between Venezuela and Colombia, and when Peru has formally accused Chile of having organized a network of espionage inside its Armed Forces. Peru also claims the region has being investing in arms and military hardware well beyond its needs and other more immediate priorities, 33.8 billion US dollars in 2008.

Araoz is part of the Peruvian initiative team sent to consult on about the initiative with all South American countries, so far Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay. All have shown a special interest in the proposal, said the minister adding that in the case of Uruguay, “President Vazquez’s acceptance has been extraordinary”.

“Uruguay is the world’s leading contributor to UN peace missions given its population”, recalled Minister Araoz so “Uruguay’s expertise and experience is most valuable for any undertaking of this nature, be it with UN blue helmets or possibly in a near future, South American helmets”.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • Nicholas

    yawning, this lady is to cute to be taken serious.

    Nov 26th, 2009 - 05:49 am 0
  • jorge

    are you so ugly to be tken so serious?

    Nov 27th, 2009 - 05:11 am 0
  • Kirk Nelson

    This is the very rational idea to keep peace in the continent.

    In the last six months of 2009, the poorest countries of south america and the unstable ones had generated, already, an expense of 34 billion USD in weapons and war equipment. There is not sense for it.

    Not sense, because their people are far from healty food and clean drinking water consumptions. Besides, at the present time their unemployment rate is accelerated to an average of 12.1%, while rural and urban populations are experimenting decline in power, contributing to lose of finishing goods and reduction of manufacture production.

    Most south american countries have not managed well its roads and highways and airports; most of them are still unpaved. Some countries do not have a railways at all and their local and international trade operations could be profitable, but they are not, due to the present circumstances. So, why public officers do not look into it instead of war weapons expenses?

    Besides, famine is observed in higher percentage in the rural areas, especially where indigenes population and other minorities racial ethnics are living, which contribute to increase on infant mortality perhaps racing with the African countries. So, why public officers do not look into it?

    In the century XXI war is not with bullets or nuclear weapons, but with knowledge and new inovations to eliminate sickness and poverty. Then you will be the winner; those countries do not appear on the list for being honored, because they never, ever recieved a premium Noble.

    Kirk Nelson, fro, New York, USA

    Nov 28th, 2009 - 11:31 am 0
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