Politics 02-05-2018

Foreign Minister of Bolivia: the country is talking with Peru to reactivate Unasur

The Bolivian Peruvian governments have initiated "high-level efforts" with their peers in the region to reactivate the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) said Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni.

"This week we worked with the (South American) foreign ministers to find a consensus" which allows resolving the discrepancies for which six of the 12 members decided last month to temporarily move away from the mechanism of consultation cooperation Huanacuni told reporters.

The transfer of the annual pro tempore presidency of Unasur from Argentina to Bolivia which took place in April was followed by the departure of Argentina Brazil Chile Colombia Paraguay Peru in apparent protest over the prolonged vacancy of the General Secretariat of the organism.

Peru seemed to take a turn in its position last weekend when its president Martin Vizcarra along with his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales met at the borderagreed that the foreign ministers of both countries work together in the reactivation of Unasur.

"Both foreign ministers have received from both Peru Bolivia a mandate to work in consensus because the horizon of the region is Unasur" Huanacuni said.

The head of Bolivian diplomacy said that the efforts aim to build agreements that lead to a meeting of South American foreign ministers that can resolve mainly the appointment of the new secretary general and the administrative "renovation" of the UNASUR headquarters in Ecuador.

The general secretariat has been vacant since last year when the administration of former Colombian President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) ended.

"In this emergency in this multilateral dialogue the region needs to have an integration mechanism that has its own identity above all sovereignty in several areas (like) economypolitics" Huanacuni said in defense of UNASUR.

The Bolivian foreign minister did not indicate deadlines in the process of reactivating the bloc which began its activities ten years ago which also includes Guyana Suriname Uruguay Venezuela.


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