For Brazil, Venezuela/Colombia Conflict Breaks Image of Peaceful South America

    Chavez, Kirchner, Garcia

    Chavez, Kirchner, Garcia Marco Aurélio Garcia, Brazil’s foreign affairs advisor, said that the breaking of relations between Venezuela and Colombia “weakens” South America and negotiations to bring both sides together should not be seen as a confrontation between UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) and OAS (Organization of American States). 

    “We’re not looking for a scapegoat. We are concerned because this debilitates South America, which has as its great triumph and merit the fact it is a region of peace and we don’t want anything contributing to tarnish such an image,” said Garcia, president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s main political advisor in an interview with the influential daily O Estado de S. Paulo.

    Venezuela severed diplomatic relations with Colombia following on Bogota’s claims that the administration of President Hugo Chavez is tolerant with FARC guerrillas camping in Venezuelan territory.

    President Lula is scheduled to visit Caracas August 6 where he is to meet President Chavez and the following day will be present in Bogota at the taking office ceremony of Colombian president-elect Juan Manuel Santos.

    Garcia also rejected any competition between UNASUR and OAS, or any attempt to impose one over the other as a mechanism to solve the dispute.

    “We don’t want to favor Venezuela or Colombia. We’re after an agreement and it would be excellent if we had distension signals before Santos takes office,” said Marco Aurélio Garcia.

    Similarly both multilateral organizations (UNASUR and OAS) are very capable of addressing the issue, but “we think that UNASUR, given that most presidents will be meeting in Bogota” could be more expeditious in these circumstances.

    However it is also a fact that South American nations led by Brazil would like the issue to be solved with the less interference possible from Washington, given the sensitivity of the dispute.

    United States is not a member of UNASUR and the OAS is seated at Washington.

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    • ch.c.

      Peaceful South America !!!!!!
      SUFFICE to look at the violencesssssssssss, crimes, homicides INSIDE THESE COUNTRIES !!!!!!

      Ohhhhh my….ohhhh my !

      And in Brazil, 50 % of the youths aged 15-24 die from VIOLENT DEATHS !
      Should we suppose that they die after having made love ?
      Heart attack ?

      Hmmmm….hmmmmmmm !

      And Caracas is ranked as one OF the city with the MOST CRIMES AND HOMICIDES….ON EARTH !
      Another way to make love, over there !

    • Sevente

      Chavez has a vision, a dream, of a united South America with him as the new ‘Bolivar’. He is aided and abetted by Fidel Castro, in fact Castro is the driving force as the Communization of Latin America is his dream also. For this to happen Colombia must become a Marxist state. The FARC is a Marxist insurgency that Chavez is using to help achieve his goal. And to quote Chavez ‘this is war’. For Chavez everything is war. He is a simple military man and knows nothing else.

      Lula is cut from the same hard left cloth but is not so stupid as to believe Chavez/Castro can make it happen however he, Lula, will not actively oppose nor openly support the fantasy. His sympathy to the cause is historic and well known.

      Castro is almost dead and Chavez is crashing (his days are numbered) taking Venezuela with him. Lula is looking for greener pasture even as he missteps, serious blunders, by openly claiming that the political prisoners in Cuba are common criminals and the Colombia Venezuela problem is simply a personality thing between Chavez and Uribe (not to mention cozying up to Ahmajinedad). Lula is rapidly becoming a huge disappointment. He will soon fade from the scene as will the Kirchner couple.

      Santos should tighten the noose around the neck of the FARC while concentrate on strengthening democratic institutions in Colombia and wait for the passing of Castro and Chavez. It will happen sooner rather than later.

      Neither the OAS nor UNASUR will have a significant impact on the outcomes.

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