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13/04/2010

The Latin-American and Caribbean Community

The Latin-American and Caribbean Community

Marcelo Rech

Completely and any initiative that excludes the United States attracts attention, produce doubts and feeds controversies.

It mightn“t be different with the announced Community of the Latin-American and Caribbean Countries, which will start to work from July of the year that comes.

It does much time that the region doesn“t feel represented by the Organization of the American States (OAS). This feeling grows with the political changes in the region, in the last years.

Governments any more on the left never hid that they see in the OAS a enabler mechanism for the interference of the United States in the Latin America.

For now, the symbolic thing is put on top. It is too soon to evaluate the role and the relevance of this new instrument.

The concrete act is that the United States won“t accept the substitution of the OAS as principal regional political mechanism.

In March, the organization will suffer an electoral process. In spite of hardly criticized, the current Secretary-general, José Miguel Insulza, should be confirmed in the job.

His election can have several meanings, one of them, in which the Latin-American and Caribbean countries already don“t care to the OAS.

However, the relevance of the Community of the Latin-American and Caribbean Countries is straightly connected to the political capacity of his agents.

It is important that the Latin-American and Caribbean countries can discuss their problems and find their solutions without the agreement of the United States, Canada, Spain and Portugal.

The conflicts and tensions are countless in the region. To surpass them is a basic condition so that the block obtains respect and credibility.

On the other side, we can“t forget that the Mercosur has more than 15 years and it still didn“t move off like block. The Unasur wasn“t ratified by all its integrants and it keeps on being a promise.

There are an excess of mechanisms, summit meetings and regional and multilateral instruments that very often run over one to other and prevent the integration from taking place in the sustainable form.

Marcelo Rech is a journalist, editor of the InfoRel and specialist in International Relations, Strategies and Policies of Defense and Terrorism, Counter-Insurgency.
E-mail: inforel@inforel.org

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