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News :: International
South American Foreign Ministers Call for Unity
03 Aug 2005
Latin America consolidates its unity and solidarity at the 2nd South American Community of Nations (SACN) Foreign Ministers Meeting in Ecuador.
South American Foreign Ministers Call for Unity

Quito, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Antonio Parra called on his South American counterparts to abandon selfish policies, and consolidate Latin American unity and solidarity, at the Tuesday session of the 2nd South American Community of Nations (SACN) Foreign Ministers Meeting in Guayaquil, southwest of Ecuador.
Parra spoke at the Tuesday session, and pointed out this meeting constitutes a prelude for the SACN Summit for Heads of State and Government in Brazil in September.
“We want no more selfish policies. We want unifying policies that can make us stronger, and let us present a united front of solidarity against the ambition of other countries,” he said. “We should never again fight each other, weaken each other, look at each other with indifference,” he concluded.
Peruvian Foreign Minister and temporary SACN secretary Manuel Rodriguez said that strategically, South America should become more competitive in the region with a vision not only of economic profitability but also with social coherence.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez warned that development and integration are not possible without considerable fuel and energy development.
“Physical integration of highways, air transport, railroads, is fundamental, and it is needed by the countries in our region,” he said.
He pointed out that the Venezuelan government’s objective in the integration processes is linked to coordinating policies, and he reminded of the experience of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in this matter.
This meeting concluded Tuesday with the signing of the Declaration of Guayaquil by the 12 participating South American countries.
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