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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ecuador to be Home to South Am Union

Porlamar, Venezuela, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez announced on Tuesday that the emerging Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) will have its headquarters in Quito, near the monument that marks the center of the world.

Chavez made the announcement in his opening speech at the first South American Energy Summit, which closes sessions today on Margarita Island.

At the suggestion of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, all heads of State present agreed to locate the UNASUR Permanent Executive Office in Quito, said Chavez.

He said a pro-integration effort of the subcontinent, which had been brewing since previous top-level regional meetings, was christened here.

This act involves a concept, an identity, an identifying name, UNASUR, he stressed, adding that our people must become conscious of this force that will have great results for them.

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