Mercosur Summit Ignores Venezuela/Colombia Conflict and Is Hailed as Big Success

    Lula at San Juan summit, in Argentina

    Lula at San Juan summit, in Argentina South America’s economic block Mercosur concluded Tuesday in Argentina one of its most successful summits after having reached agreements on issues that consolidate integration while avoiding being drawn into a frustrating debate on a renewed chapter of the ongoing Venezuela/Colombia conflict.

    Following six years of negotiations Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, Mercosur full members reached an agreement on crucial points of the Common Customs Code, besides signing a trade agreement with Egypt.

    The distribution of customs revenue as well as the double charge of the common external tariff, AEC, was finally agreed helping to further integrate the block and facilitating negotiations with third parties.

    The Mercosur summit also decided on commercial benefits for quake ravaged Haiti and agreed on the fundamentals for the protection of the Guarani aquifer, considered one of the world’s largest drinking water reservoirs and which extends under the four countries of the group.

    “It was an extraordinary, fantastic result that has left us all most satisfied,” said Argentine president and host of the summit Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her successor in the Mercosur pro tempore chair Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

    The Brazilian leader who underlined he’s the most “senior” member of these summits insisted that the San Juan summit was the “most important” since December 1994, when the meeting at Ouro Preto, Brazil set the foundations for the customs union.

    Discussions at the San Juan summit, which also involved Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Chile’s Sebastian Piñera have been “the most easy going and cool”, said Lula recalling all types of disputes in previous meetings.

    Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo was the only president who mentioned the Colombia-Venezuela conflict saying that a solution was “only a matter of time”.

    The absence of President Hugo Chavez from Venezuela helped to avoid references and debates on the issue.

    Nevertheless Mercosur full and associate members approved a statement calling on UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) to convene in the near future an extraordinary meeting of presidents to address the situation.

    UNASUR secretary general Nestor Kirchner, also present at the summit, avoided comments on the conflict but anticipated that things would begin to improve once president-elect Juan Manuel Santos takes office next August 7.

    The former Argentine president is scheduled to meet with Santos in Bogota and Chavez in Caracas.

    It was evident that Mercosur members wanted at all cost to prevent the Colombian-Venezuela conflict from spoiling what worked out as one of the most effective summits in years, following the agreement on the Customs Code and the common external tariff.

    Landlocked Paraguay was reluctant in trusting that the Customs offices of its associate Mercosur members would effectively mail the check of its share of levies.

    But agreeing on the issue opened the way for ending the double or triple charge of the external tariff for any goods entering Mercosur, before it reaches the final recipient country.

    The advance on these issues effectively makes Mercosur a customs union facilitating negotiations with third parties.

    Mercopress

    Tags:

    • Show Comments (0)

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    comment *

    • name *

    • email *

    • website *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    Brazil and G-20 Pressure EU to End Farm Subsidies by 2013

    After six days of tense negotiations and mounting pressure from developing nations and countries ...

    Brazil Ready to Face a Bolivian Gas Shut-Off

    Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy and Petrobras informed, yesterday, that the supply of ...

    Brazil’s Lula Pays 3rd Visit to Africa

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is back in Africa. The purpose of ...

    zzz

    In Brazil, Raul Castro Says He’s Ready to Discuss Cuba’s Embargo with Obama

    Cuba's President Raul Castro says he is willing to discuss the 50-year-old US trade ...

    Gracia del Mar

    Still No Explanation for Death at Sea of Thousands of Cattle Shipped from Brazil

    The Brazilian Association of Livestock Exporters (Abeg) believes that the death of at least ...

    Brazilian Market Volatile Mirroring the U.S.

    Brazilian and Latin American markets ultimately finished lower on the day, after see-sawing between ...

    This land is their land

    U.S. international policy is rife with "America knows best" practices and policies. So, to ...

    TAM’s Jets Back in Brazil from Middle East Will Fly to NY and London

    Brazilian Airline TAM will receive by October three aircraft Airbus A330 that had been ...

    Tourist: Not a Bad Word in Brazil Anymore

    Brazil intends to make an effort to change world tourism statistics which show that ...

    Brazil's Lula in Pretoria, South Africa

    In Meeting with Brazilian Leader, Indian Premier Asks for Time-Bomb Action

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been meeting with the leaders of ...