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Brazilian President Advocates for Regional Unity

GEORGETOWN - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva advocated for the elimination of the asymmetries stopping the integration of South America, in his speech in the Summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Friday.

"None of our countries will really be prosperous, without all of us being also prosperous," said the Brazilian president in the UNASUR Summit being held in the capital of Guyana.

Lula da Silva also said that South America has learned to live democratically with diversity, as exemplified with the harmony now existing between Colombia and Venezuela, emphatically defending the action of the Latin American governments and their right to take part in world decisions.

He also talked about the work of deceased former Argentine president and UNASUR president Nestor Kirchner.

"Kirchner will always be a source of inspiration for the South American politicians," he stated.

At the end of his intervention, Lula expressed gratitude to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, for his work as pro tempore president of UNASUR, and welcomed Guyana, which will be the successor, in his last appearance as President of Brazil, since he will give the power to president-elect Dilma Rousseff in January 2011.

Statements from his Paraguayan counterpart Fernando Lugo show that Lula da Silva counts on the necessary consensus to be the next UNASUR Secretary General, replacing Kirchner.

The regional organization is formed by Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela.




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