If Brazilian right is stronger, we’ll quit Mercosur, said Chavez
- Saturday, June 30, 2007
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If Brazilian right is stronger, we'll quit Mercosur, said Chavez
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said he's willing to withdraw his
country's request to become full member of Mercosur because in his own
words it's a mechanism "marked by capitalism and ferocious
competence", according to an official news release.
Chavez arrived Saturday to Teheran for a "work visit" and was quoted
stating that "we're not desperate to become members of an old Mercosur
with no desire to change. If we can't make it to Mercosur because the
Brazilian conservative right is stronger, then we simply quit".
"If they don't want us inside Mercosur, we have no problem. I'm
capable even of withdrawing the request", insisted Chavez talking
about the Brazilian Congress, which is expecting an apology gesture
from Chavez (following some offensive comments he made), before
ratifying Venezuela's membership.
Earlier in the week Brazil's Foreign Secretary Celso Amorim said that
Brazil was conditioning Venezuela's incorporation to Mercosur to
Chavez' retraction regarding offensive statements about the Brazilian
"Nobody is asking for a self flagellation from Venezuela, but a
positive gesture is needed regarding the Brazilian Congress", Amorim
was quoted in an interview with O'Globo.
Chavez called Brazilian Congress members "parrots" at the service of
the US, and oligarchs, following a Senate committee condemnation of
his decision not to renew the license to Venezuela's longest
established television station, RCTV. Chavez accused RCTV of
conspiring with the opposition to bring down his regime.
Brazil officially rejected President Chavez comments and members of
Congress said they would not approve Venezuela's Mercosur Protocol of
Adhesion unless he apologizes.
Chavez was absent from the latest Mercosur presidential summit which
took place this week in Paraguay. He was away in Russia and
Byelorussia shopping for arms, and Iran.
Venezuela requested full membership of Mercosur when early last year
he walked out of the Andean Community complaining because its members
were intent in signing free trade agreements with United States.