15 sept. 2009

UNASUR Ministers for Openness

Quito, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The 12 foreign and defense ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) are faced with the same challenge their presidents were able to handle recently, after strong disagreements at the Bariloche Summit, Argentina.

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Seeking the confidence lost after a bilateral agreement between Colombia and the US, regarded here as a threat for regional progressive governments, keeps being the Gordian knot for increasing UNASUR integrationist deals.

The ministers have the difficult task of putting on the table all the information on bilateral agreements, military bases, arms, and budget, and of trying to create a common Code of Ethics based on principles.

Independence, self-determination, rejection of attacks, and full respect

for territorial sovereignty are among the principles they intend to reaffirm in the Quito meeting.

The authorization for the US to use seven military bases in Colombian territory is the key issue in today's meeting, as one of them would allow the Pentagon make incursions in any regional country, and spy on it with sophisticated means.