President Alberto Fernandez announced on Tuesday re-entry of Argentina to the UNASUR (Union of South American Nations), sharing a working meeting with members of the Puebla Group and the Latin American Council for Justice and Democracy (CLAJUD), at Casa Rosada.
“In Latin America we are all in the same boat, and the construction of unity must set aside political use“, assured Fernández at the end of the meeting that took place in the Hall of Native Peoples. “That is why we must revitalize UNASUR as soon as possible,” added the Argentine head of state after informing the return to the international organization that they currently make up. Bolivia, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
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In this sense, the president asked those present to agree to “build a regional bloc as self defense mechanism“, noting that”no one is saved alone“. In addition, he argued that if Brazil joins“UNASUR will have another power” and it will be possible to advance “so that all the brother countries participate again.”
The current conformation of the body was generated after the departure between 2018 and 2020 of Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. In the case of our country, the then president Mauricio Macri had denounced through the Foreign Ministry that UNASUR promoted “an agenda with high ideological content and far removed from its initial objectives and the administrative disorder that has prevailed in the organization in recent times”.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Chilean politician Marco Enriquez-Ominami He highlighted the role of Alberto Fernández in the Puebla Group as “the engine of this group of progressive action and reflection that is made up of 18 countries.”
Statements by other leaders
During his speech, the former Spanish president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero expressed that “Argentina has earned being the country that leads the fight for human rights” in the last 40 years, in an “inspiring” way. And he added: “There is a before and after in pursuit of the unity of Latin America so that poverty is definitively abolished and equality is the only horizon.”
For his part, the former president of Colombia, Ernest Samper, stressed the importance of Argentina returning to UNASUR. “This political integration is based on preserving the condition of the region as a zone of peace in the worldas well as in the continuity of democracy and respect for human rights in the continent”, he stated.
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Later, Samper pointed out that “one of the tasks of the Puebla Group is defending progressive leaders who are victims systems of judicial persecution” and that seeks to support the vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchnerwhich he considered to be “victim, such as Lula da Silva, Rafael Correa and Evo Moralesof these attacks of legal wars that have an international origin”.
Speaking at the meeting, the former president of Bolivia maintained that “cultural diversity” is richness and identity “to face adversity”, and stressed the need to “guarantee political, ideological and legal sovereignty” because, according to him, the “current struggle is for natural resources”.
Finally, the former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, stated that “integration goes far beyond ideology” and predicted that UNASUR is going to be “necessary in the face of a very serious economic crisis that will arrive sooner rather than later by continuing to depend on an extra-regional currency”.
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