Wed, 12 March 2008
11.2Mb. 96kbps mono 17:20 mins
Fred Fuentes gets us focussed on just how important the recent reconciliation of three Latin American countries - Colombia, Equador, and Venezuela - is to Latin America. Last week they were close to being on a war footing. The three countries declared that they were reconciled at an Interamerican conference in Santo Domingo, usually regarded as being of little importance, because the agenda is usually driven by the US. It has become obvious to the Latin American world community that the 'divide and conquer' regional wedging politics of the US is just not on. The Colombian President Uribe, isolated in the Latin American community has had to back down on his warlike actions of last week. It seems that a new pattern has been set for Latin American forums and meetings of national leaders that is becoming less responsive to the US agenda. Chavez' peace initiatives (not to mention his credentials) have been strengthened by the incident, in spite of increased efforts by the US driven media to demonise him.