[El Universal, Mexico]



La Razon, Bolivia

Latin America Has Excluded the U.S. … So What Now?


"Will the nations of our continent have to relate with the world's leading power only bilaterally? Won’t this be more complicated? Or are we going to ignore the U.S.? And why has Canada been excluded?"




Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


February 26, 2010


Bolivia - La Razon - Original Article (Spanish)

MAN 1: 'Should we tell him about the OAS?'
Man 2: 'Keep Quiet!'

[El Universal, Mexico]

The creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Cancun, Mexico, can be seen as a diplomatic triumph for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, even though its birth wasn't entirely free of friction between the leaders of Colombia and Venezuela.


While this is obviously a “Bolivarian” victory - unexpectedly assisted by Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Felipe Calderón of México - one has to ask what fate awaits the new Community and what purpose it will serve? Is it to be a mortal blow to the Organization of American States? Is it an attempt to replace the old body after years of obvious weakness? Or perhaps the goal is to broaden the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), which has yet to be officially launched due to a failure of member states to ratify it?



It seems, from the noises emerging from Cancun - it is to be neither one nor the other. Supposedly, the OAS will continue. But what functions will it retain if the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States contains 33 nations, except for the United States and Canada? It's clear that the major issues in Latin America and the Caribbean will be addressed by this new regional body, and the OAS will lose what little-exercised leadership it still possessed. Of course, the United States won't be interested in staying in a marginalized OAS to which, moreover, it is the largest financial contributor. If the OAS has been a dying body, it must now inexorably die, regardless of what some people say.


The goal of excluding the United States from the dialog in Latin American and Caribbean has been achieved. But what now? Will the nations of our continent have to relate with the world's leading power only bilaterally? Won’t this be more complicated? Or are we going to ignore the U.S.? And why has Canada been excluded? Is it because it is imperialist or because it's a highly developed country and, as such, doesn't fit in well with the third world? With this decision the American hemisphere has been cut in two, leaving the wealthy countries outside, so as, in the words of President Lula, to achieve our “personality as a region.”


To say the least, what has happened is very confusing, since it doesn't involve just three or four nations that would like to capriciously modify the inter-American system. No, here we have powerful countries with stable democracies and confidently serious leaders. It's true that some of the presidents involved are nearing the end of their terms, but this doesn't justify what has occurred.  




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The role of Hugo Chávez in the creation of this new regional body was notable. Neither the U.S. or Canada will participate, but Cuba will be a major player in the Community, avoiding the need to bow in order to re-enter the undesirable OAS, from which it was expelled due to U.S. pressure more than forty years ago.


Up to now, UNASUR has been a fiasco. We'll have to wait and see what actions the brand new Community will adopt in order to avoid being just a more weakened version of the OAS, with even more infighting and results similar to those that have occurred in this part of the Americas before, when dabbling in economic and political integration.



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