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Constitutive Treaty of the UNASUR in the agenda ‘E

Constitutive Treaty of the UNASUR in the agenda ‘Ecuador – Colombia’

This Friday, the Minister of Foreign Relations of Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño, met in Bogota with his counterpart, Chancellor María Ángela Holguín, in one more attempt of bringing the bilateral relations back to normal.

However, the Ecuadorian takes in the agenda a proposal so that Colombia starts to commit with the ratification of the Constitutive Treaty of the Union of the South American Nations (UNASUR).

The issue is priority for Ecuador, once it soon will hand over the presidency pro tempore to Guyana.

Signed in Brasilia on May 23 of 2008, the Treaty that creates the UNASUR was ratified by seven countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Venezuela.

So that it invigorates, it needs to be ratified at least by nine of the twelve countries that integrate the bloc.

Venezuela

The chancellors of Colombia, María Ángela Holguín, and of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, must meet only after the legislative elections, scheduled for September 26, in Venezuela.

This Thursday, Holguín participated of a meeting to discuss the economical situation in the bordering zones with Venezuela.

The meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Relations will be carried out in Paraguachón, La Guajira, probably in the first week of October.

Refugees

Also, this Thursday, was carried out the first meeting of the Commission Ecuador – Colombia to improve the aid to the Colombian refugees that migrated because of the violence.

For a long time, Ecuador demands more attention of Colombia regarding its nationals that escape of the armed conflict.

According to the government of Ecuador, the country shelters 54 thousand refugees, of which 53 thousand are Colombians; in other words, 98 percent.

Ecuador affirms to have spent, this year, US$ 40 millions with the Colombian refugees.

The commission will reunite again in October and the participation of representatives of the UNHCR is predicted.

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