The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, celebrates the diplomatic defeat of the FTAA, and calls it a "historic feat."
On Sunday, the Venezuelan leader recalled the 13th anniversary of the failure of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Treaty (FTAA) achieved by the deceased presidents of Venezuela and Argentina, Hugo Chávez and Néstor Kirchner, respectively, and Brazil, Luiz Inácio. Lula Da Silva
Similarly, it has evoked that the aforementioned leaders imposed themselves before what they called the "American imperialist project" and succeeded in defeating it at the IV Summit of the Americas, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on November 4 and 5, 2005.
"13 years ago, Chávez, Lula and Kirchner defeated the FTAA at the IV Summit of the Americas. A historic feat that buried the pretensions of the imperialist plan that threatened our region, " Maduro wrote on Twitter's social network .
In 2005, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez explained at the IV Summit of the Americas that the FTAA was another tool of imperialism for the exploitation of Latin America. Thus, as a counterproposal to this model, promoted the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America ( ALBA ).
In 2001 during the III Summit of the Americas in Quebec, Canada, Chávez signed the final declaration stating that Venezuela opposed the FTAA proposal. This antagonistic position earned him a verbal confrontation with Mexican President Vicente Fox, a strong defender of the FTAA, which led to a diplomatic conflict between Mexico and Venezuela in 2005.
The commitment to regional integration in that meeting gave Washington's policy one of the hardest failures in its desire to bring to fruition the doctrine of America for the Americans ( Monroe Doctrine ), promulgated by the fifth American president, James Monroe
The members of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) at the time: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, as well as Venezuela, closed ranks against the US project and argued that, before talking about the FTAA, Washington should correct certain trade asymmetries, as subsidies to agriculture and eliminate the obstacles imposed on trade.