Ecuador’s Correa Pushes for a New Organization of Latin American States
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- 12 / 23 / 2008
Correa, in his weekly radio and television broadcast, expressed his desire that this organization be formed in March, during the next Rio Group meeting, reported EFE.
The Rio Group is presently composed of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guiana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela, and other members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), represented at this time by Jamaica.
For Correa, what occurred in Brazil was a “momentous step forward” for Latin American integration and an example of “the new winds that are blowing” across the region.
“What we seek,” he explained, “is that the Rio Group “becomes the new Organization of Latin American States,” which would substitute in discussions of regional problems for the currently existing Washington-based Organization of States American (OAS), explained Correa.
The aim that “no longer we have to go to Washington to discuss with the US, which neither understands the region nor is interested in it—and which has its own objectives,” he added. The leader recalled that Cuba has kept been outside of American and regional forums due to the US blockade.
“We will see if President Obama will truly change US foreign policy” and eliminate the blockade against Cuba, which is “untenable, intolerable and unjustifiable in the 21st century,” he stated.