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Uruguay‘s ratification gives Unasur legal status (nine out of twelve)

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on December 2, 2010

by Merco Press News, December 2nd, 2010

Uruguay became this week the ninth country to ratify the Unasur (Union of South American Nations) foundation charter thus giving full legal effectiveness to the twelve-nation group.

On Tuesday the Uruguayan Senate with the votes from the ruling coalition and part of the opposition sealed ample political support (20 to 6) as was requested by President Jose Mujica.

Last week the government could have mustered just enough votes to have the Unasur founding charter and constitution passed but gave time to the opposition hoping for a broader support, as happened.

Nevertheless there was a strong debate with those opposing the initiative arguing that Unasur is a Brazilian diplomacy “hegemonic” instrument which not only could end “competing” with the Organization of American States but would seriously undercut Mexican influence in other regional blocks in Central America and the Caribbean.

Opposition Senator Sergio Abreu who finally voted aye said it was a “critical support” given the “irreversible” fact of Uruguay’s incorporation to Unasur. “It’s better to be in than left out”, he said. (continue reading… )


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