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Lacalle warns Celac about “ideological temptation”

Wednesday, January 25th 2023 - 09:55 UTC
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“There are countries here that do not respect democracy, institutions, or human rights,” Lacalle also said in an obvious reference to Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela “There are countries here that do not respect democracy, institutions, or human rights,” Lacalle also said in an obvious reference to Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela

Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou Tuesday warned against the “ideological temptation in international forums.” During his speech at the VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) in Buenos Aires, he explained that when ideologies change “the forums fade away.”

“For this type of forums to survive in time they have to generate hope and hope is generated on the road already traveled,” Lacalle elaborated while highlighting his country's willingness to open the region to the world, which “requires action.”

“Is it not the time to come clean about these relations and to promote a free trade zone between our countries from Celac? From Mexico to the south of South America, can we not move forward in that direction?” Lacalle argued.

He also underlined that the Celac joint declaration mentioned respect for democracy, respect for human rights, and care for institutions, while “there are countries here that do not respect democracy, institutions or human rights,” in an obvious reference to Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. “Let us not have a hemiplegic vision of the defense of democracy, human rights, and institutions, according to [an] ideological profile.”

Regarding Argentine Economy Minister Sergio Massa's statements whereby Uruguay would be “the little brother” of the Mercosur countries and needed to be looked after, Lacalle said in a news conference that those remarks were of a “Disneyland” nature. ”Brazil and Argentina have the responsibility to take care of it (Uruguay) as any younger brother,“ Massa said ahead of the Celac convention.

The Uruguayan leader also stressed that this ”is not the moment to mark coincidences and/or differences.“ Countries in the region need to adapt the ”national reality to be in accordance with the speeches of this community,” Lacalle stressed.

Lacalle also insisted that his country would move on with its plans to reach a free trade agreement (FTA) with China. “Uruguay is going to move forward with China. It is something that has been going on for many years. When I took office, I met with the Mercosur heads of state and we maintained our position of moving forward with an FTA. If it is within Mercosur, all the better”, he stated. “There is a decision by Uruguay to open up to the world,” he added. Montevideo is also seeking to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP11). “We represent the national sentiment and we strive for our peoples to be prosperous,” Lacalle also said.

The Uruguayan President also agreed to condemn the Jan. 8 riots in Brasilia calling for a coup d'état against Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva.

“Sometimes we create organizations, we create institutions, we want to move forward when in reality we have the possibility to trade freely, many of our economies are complementary and I am sure we could move forward in that direction,” Lacalle explained.

“Let us practice with action what we say in our speeches because, for this type of forums to subsist in time, they have to generate hope,” he went on.

“As we said last time in Mexico, Uruguay comes here with a positive vision of Celac. For several reasons, some of which have been highlighted here, among others that it is a unique instance that we have to dialogue with the Caribbean countries,” he also noted.

Lacalle also concurred with his Colombian colleague Gustavo Petro about the positive characteristics of the region but he would also add the freshwater reserves, the oceans, and intellectual creativity.

“I have heard speeches that I share almost completely, there are speeches that I share half of them and there are speeches that I share almost nothing, But even so, without sharing them, I understand that our nations have to be linked and that is why we must be careful with ideological temptation,” Lacalle argued.

Celac is an intergovernmental mechanism for dialogue and political coordination created in 2010. It is made up of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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  • Tænk


    Uruguay's president..., Luis Lacalle Pou said...:
    - “Let us not have a hemiplegic vision of the defense of democracy, human rights, and institutions, according to an ideological profile.”

    El Tænk says...:

    A bit rich..., coming from a ”Patrón de Estancia“ quadriplegic vision of the defense of ”democracy, human rights, and institutions”..., who recently did his best to destroy his recently divorced sweet ex-missus..., by throwing all his power against her...


    Jan 25th, 2023 - 11:11 am 0
  • Tim Huber

    @Taenk .. Always with the gossip - move out of the way and let the adults play.

    Jan 25th, 2023 - 11:37 am 0
  • Tænk

    Brainwashed Anglo Turnip above...

    - Gossip would be if one would concentrate on president Lacalle's use of the traditional “droit de cuissage” at his Estancias...

    - Mentioning his proven attempts of destroying psychically his looong time wife and mother of his two daughters by throwing the Uruguayan Secret Service at her..., does just speak volumes 'bout his ethics, ideological profile and respect for democracy, human rights, and institutions..., warning all of us about his political forked tongue...


    Jan 25th, 2023 - 12:42 pm 0
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