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COLOMBIA - Disappointment Over UNASUR’s Stance
Disappointment Over UNASUR’s Stance
Colombia surprised by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) inaction to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s threats of war
Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez noted today, with incredulity and disappointment, that the Union of South American Nations's (UNASUR) member countries have not yet ruled on the statements made by "a head of state in the region" about a call to war. The official added that this is one of the topics that should be addressed at the group’s next meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense on Nov. 27 in Quito (Ecuador). In addition, the chief diplomat said Colombia's President Álvaro Uribe will be attending a meeting of Amazon countries Nov. 26 at Manaus (Brazil), convened by that country’s president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Bermudez said that "the reason for President Uribe’s presence there (at the summit) is to address environmental issues only and not for an eventual meeting with the Venezuelan president, citing attempts to finalize the appointment with the Brazilian president to seek a solution to the diplomatic crisis both nations are experiencing.