During his visit to Brazil’s capital BrasÀ­lia, the President of Colombia, Àlvaro Uribe, asked Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to intercede in the Andean Community crisis.

    The crisis started when the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, threatened to renounce membership in the organization, which is formed by Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, because of free trade agreements that Colombia and Peru have recently signed with the United States.

    During the working meeting the two presidents had on Tuesday, April 25, Uribe explained to Lula that the agreement with the US will not interfere with trade agreements between the Andean Community and Mercosur.

    "If Venezuela can sell petroleum to the US, why can’t we sell farm goods?" asked Uribe, adding that the existence of the Andean Community was absolutely essential because it was part of the dream of Simon Bolivar, the leader of Spanish-speaking South American independence movements at the beginning of the 19th century.

    "A Bolivian Andean Community will seek to eliminate poverty in our countries," explained Uribe.

    "And any greater integration movement, joining the Andean block with the rest of the South American community, must be led by Colombia because of its geographical position."

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    • Guest

      Bullshit arguments
      I do not know about other countries, but the United States is exporting more to Brazil than it is importing from it! Suprised Dumb ass???

      But we will join China, Japan, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia with the invasion of the US market. (ethanol and biofuel)

      Eventually we will also buy your companies so that you will work for us!!! (this if you are lucky to keep your jobs, because we might as well move the industries to our country)

      Regards,
      Leizão

    • Guest

      LOL, Chavez is another Lula but to the umpteenth degree. Their both hipocrytes that making anti-U.S. statements so their people will think they’re not pussies and “standing up” for their rights. Then Lula with the banks, and Chavez with his oil, making deals with the U.S.

      They know who their “daddy” is.

    • Guest

      Answer !
      That is Chavez fairness !

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