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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ecuador to boost UNASUR strength

Quito, Aug 6 (PL) - Ecuador will assume Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) pro tempore presidency, committing to consolidating Latin American integration and contributing to equal development of the peoples.

The announcement was made by Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Fander Falconi, who highlighted that UNASUR leadership transference ceremony will be held on August 10, when President Rafael Correa will be inaugurated for another term of office under a new constitution.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will hand over the pro tempore presidency in the official ceremony at 08:30 hours (13:30 UTC), at San Agustin Chapterhouse, a historic place where the Ecuadorian Independence Act was signed two centuries ago, he said.

To Falconi, this means a commitment to strengthening a coordination space for Latin American integration, to contribute to equal development of the peoples, international cooperation and the struggle against inequality and social exclusion.

Finally, he said that prior to this meeting, the 19th UNASUR Delegate Council Meeting of the member states will be held on Saturday, and the Foreign Ministers will meet the next day to elaborate Quito's Declaration, the final text of which will be signed on Monday by the South American presidents.

This organization was created in Brasilia on May 23, 2008, and is a space for integration, and unity to promote and foster regional relations.

The bloc is composed of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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