Venezuela to Propose Multilateral Solution to Conflict with Colombia in Emergency UNASUR Summit
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 17:48
At Venezuela’s request, an extraordinary meeting of the foreign relations ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) will be held this Thursday in Ecuador to discuss Colombia’s most recent accusation that Venezuela tolerates the presence of Colombian guerrillas in its territory, which Venezuela interpreted as a possible provocation of war.
During a pro-peace march on Saturday in San Antonio del Tachira, a town on the Colombian border, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said he would propose a multilateral solution to Colombia’s decades-old civil war. “Colombia’s war will not be resolved with more war. It will be resolved with a process of negotiation and a peace plan, and South America should construct that peace plan,” he declared.
The proposal is a response to Colombia, which summoned an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) last Thursday and called for an international team of inspectors to verify whether the FARC and ELN rebel groups, which are classified as terrorists by Colombia and its chief ally, the United States, are present in Venezuela.
While the OAS is heavily influenced by the US and has been the platform for political attacks against Venezuela in recent years, the two-year-old UNASUR is made up of only South American countries, most of which have center-left and leftist governments that to some extent have resisted US imperialism on the continent.....