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Brazil and Colombia will discuss regional agenda

Brazil and Colombia will discuss regional agenda

Tomorrow, 1st of September, presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Juan Manuel Santos talk, in Brasilia, about the bilateral subjects and the regional agenda.

It will be the first visit of Santos to Brazil as president.

The presidents must talk about the normalization of the relations between Colombia and Venezuela and between Colombia and Ecuador.

Santos will make clear that in the themes of security involving the Farc guerrilla, he will treat straightly without intermediaries, discarding completely any possibility of the Union of the South American Nations (UNASUR) to participate of the process.

The president of Colombia wants that the neighbor countries reinforce the supervision and the vigilance in the frontiers, so that the guerrillas don´t use these territories.

In the second week of September, Santos will have another meeting with the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.

Sanitary barriers

The Itamaraty informed that the change in the Brazilian sanitary criteria for Colombian products must be one of the themes of the meeting between presidents Lula and Juan Manuel Santos.

According to the minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, the Brazilian sanitary barriers, which end up restricting the entry of Colombian products in the country, were a preoccupation demonstrated by the ambassador of Colombia in Brasilia, Maria Elvira Pombo Holguín, in meeting that they had in August 26.

“The biggest difficulties that the Colombians face here, as the ambassador said to me, are phytosanitary subjects and technical controls subjects. It isn´t that these controls shouldn´t be done, but we have to adapt the bureaucratic systems to an integration era”, he acknowledged.

Amorim affirmed also that there is a preoccupation of the two countries in reducing the Colombian commercial deficit regarding Brazil, which still exports much more than imports of Colombia.

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