Latin American Nations

Decision of the Latin American Nations integrate Cuba into this system of dialogues and consultations, represents a symbolic important step for approaching the region, favoured by the multiplication of Governments of left in the subcontinent for the Cuban regime. As is public knowledge, Cuba is part of the Bolivarian alternative for the Americas (ALBA), an essentially commercial scheme promoted by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But under a democratic clause, Havana is suspended from the Organization of American States (OAS), entity that brings together the largest number of American countries (34). However, the similarities when evaluating the financial crisis or the incorporation of Cuba to existing political mechanisms, says, may not hide the differences that distance to Latin American Nations. Perhaps more audible in Costa do Sauipe, decision will be Uruguayan to leave the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) if the former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner is appointed general Secretary of the group by vote and not by consensus. The host, Brazil, will try for his side mend fences with some of its neighbors, with whom he had a difficult year. The Government of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had to contend in recent weeks with the decision of the Ecuadorian challenge in international courts a debt with Brazil for 243 million dollars for the construction of a hydroelectric plant by the Brazilian firm Odebrecht. The work must have been repaired just a year after its delivery, what motivated the expulsion and prosecution of the Brazilian firm in Ecuador.

Brazil called on queries to one of its representatives in a South American country, its Ambassador in Quito Antonino Marques Porto, who had to explain to the U.S. Congress what happened, as it also had to do the Chancellor Celso Amorim.Lula also found in Sauipe with the Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, amid speculation about the possibility of Paraguay to reconsider the scheme of distribution of the energy generated by the binational Itaipu Dam, and the distribution of the debt of the hydroelectric power plant. On the other hand, on the first day of deliberations, the Mercosur common market Council failed agreements on the already historic discussion on double taxation in the bosom of the block, trailing since the Group was founded by Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in 1991. Adds The Costa do Sauipe meeting had also some notable defections: Colombian President alvaro Uribe, and his Peruvian counterpart, Alan Garcia, will not be part of the quotation.