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Chávez: Celac will gradually uproot the old, worn OAS

"Celac is born with a new spirit; is a platform for people s economic, political and social development, which is very different from OAS," said the Venezuelan president

Friday December 02, 2011  07:41 AM

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said Thursday that as the years go by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States will uproot the old, worn Organization of American Status (OAS).

"As the years pass, Celac will leave behind the old OAS," Chávez told reporters.

He added that, contrary to the OAS, Celac is a weapon for integration.

"OAS has adopted a new setup. However, it is a toothless, old body. It has been eroded by time. OAS is far from the spirit of our peoples and integration in Latin America. Celac is born with a new spirit; it is a platform for people's economic, political and social development, which is very different from OAS," Chávez noted.

This is all there is

A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.

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