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UNASUR versus OAS

Marcelo Rech

Next Friday, 20, the Ministers of Foreign Relations of Colombia, María Ángela Holguín, and of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, meet in Caracas.

It will suit to them to make real what, politically, the presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Hugo Chávez agreed last week in Santa Marta.

For the Venezuelan, the role played by the Union of the South American Nations (UNASUR) was fundamental so that Colombia and Venezuela didn´t start a war.

In practice, Hugo Chávez was isolated in the region, including with declarations of Fidel Castro – that Colombia has no plans of invading Venezuela –, which were crucial so that the Bolivarian leader accepted to talk.

Chávez also realized that the crash only was making the internal economic crisis worse with the shortage, especially of food.

On September 26, Venezuela carries out legislative elections and the opposition starts to grow in the whole country.

It is possible to say that the moment demanded a strategic retreat of the Bolivarian commander.

UNASUR

The UNASUR was important in this process, but not crucial.

For Venezuela, the mechanism showed strength and ability of acting, something that the OAS, for example, doesn´t show for years.

Even so, to imagine that the centennial Organization of the American States could be substituted by the newly born Union of the South American Nations is too much.

The South America gained an organism that, well worked and immune to ideological contaminations, can contribute to the regional stability.

The United States and its allies in the region – Chile, Colombia and Peru – will not allow the UNASUR to strengthen itself to the point of threatening the existence of the OAS.

Even the praises of the Department of State must be received with caution.

Maybe it sounds strange, but a armed conflict in the South America is everything that the United States doesn´t want and doesn´t wish.

Sometimes it is better to tolerate hostile governments than to go to war against them.

If the price to be paid for the regional stability is the UNASUR, then it is welcome, but its steps are monitored closely and its advancement is controlled.

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

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