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Mexico interested in joining “the successful Unasur club”

Friday, April 1st 2011 - 01:19 UTC
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Mexican Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Ruben Beltran Mexican Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Ruben Beltran

Mexico is interested in joining Unasur, Union of South American Nations, according to the country’s Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Ruben Beltrán. “When a club is successful one wants to join in”, said Beltran during a visit to Quito where he met Unasur officials.

“Unasur is developing in a very efficient way the fundamental political commitments of South America and this is very attractive”, said Beltran who added Mexico wants to be part of the history which the organization is achieving “and we look at it with enormous respect”.

Beltran said Mexico is essentially a Latin American people, although geographically in North America, therefore “we would feel rather strange is we didn’t belong to Unasur”.

“I’m sure we can provide an extra-region perspective which will enrich the debate inside Unasur; undoubtedly Latin America’s second largest economy has something to contribute to that dialogue”, said Beltran.

Beltran was in Ecuador for a regional consulting meeting at deputy minister level which addressed several issues: democracy, Honduras, the border conflict between Cost Rica and Nicaragua and the Libyan situation. Trade was also on the table and mechanisms to facilitate commerce and cooperation.

Before leaving, Beltran revealed that his Ecuadorean peer Kintto Lucas promised to sponsor Mexico’s aspiration to become member of Unasur.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • Martin_Fierro

    I believe every nation in America up to Mexico will be part of Unasur and will become the strongest union in the world. We have all that we need in terms of natural resources and technological knowhow.

    I for one support Mexico's intention.

    Apr 01st, 2011 - 07:22 am 0
  • Forgetit87

    Isn't it a bit suspicous? Calderón isn't known as a Latin-Americanist, but as a Pan-Americanist. It's very possible that Mexico's bid has been encouraged by a certain foreign country as a way to weaken, and ultimately derail, regional integration. Something similar occurred in Europe. The US pressured the original EU countries to expand membership to Eastern European countries, both as a way to halt Russian influence in that region, and to dilute integration efforts by Germany and France. Wikileaks published some months ago that Calderón's Mexico wanted to find ways to isolate Venezuela. A hypothetical Mexican membership - at least as far as it is under a PAN administration - could be divise and detrimental to regional integration in South America.

    Apr 01st, 2011 - 08:13 am 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    I didn't know that. Perhaps my good will towards Mexico was misguided.

    I hope their motivations are not those of a hidden agenda, if this is the case they have no chance.

    Apr 01st, 2011 - 08:18 am 0
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