UNASUR Aug 24th

26 Aug

On August 24th, a meeting took place in Buenos Aires bringing together all the Foreign Minister of the various members States of UNASUR (Unión de Naciones Suramericanas). This meeting followed on from a similar conference held by the organisation’s Finance Ministers that had met to consider strategies and defences to the continuing global financial crisis.

An official communique from Argentina stated, ” The Foreign Ministers devoted most of their time to discussing and approving the package of measures recommended by the South American Council of Economy and Finance, which met on Aug. 12 …. The Foreign Ministers voted to advance in the development of a multilateral system of payments in local currencies, in the creation of a regional development bank and in the coordination in the use of reserves. The Economic and Financial Council shall work on these issues in the coming 60 days…”

In addition to the financial matters, the Foreign Ministers approved UNASUR’s mission to Haiti  and considered sending missions to Guyana, Paraguay and Bolivia in order to observe the elections being held in those countries.

Also approved was a request that the President of UNASUR approach the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, to discover whether any action had been taken on UNASUR’s letter of April 2nd, concerning the organisation’s request that the head of the UN attempt to initiate negotiations with the United Kingdom on the subject of the Falkland Islands.

UNASUR is an inter-governmental union continuing a process of South American integration amongst the twelve signatories, based on the model of the European Union.

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