Venezuela takes on the General Secretariat of Unasur
Colombian Foreign Minister María Emma Mejía is handing over the General Secretariat of Unasur to Venezuelan Alí Rodríguez Araque. The presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, are to participate in the ceremony, which is taking place after noon on Monday at the Colombian government headquarters of Casa de Nariño
The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will be from Monday in the hands of Venezuelan former Minister Alí Rodríguez, to whom Colombian Foreign Minister María Emma Mejía will hand over the General Secretariat of the body, at a special meeting of foreign ministers from 12 countries, to be held in Bogotá.
The presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, are to participate in the ceremony, which is expected to take place after noon, at the Colombian government headquarters of Casa de Nariño, EFE reported.
Rodriguez will be the third secretary general in the history of the Union, an integration forum created in May 2008 by the 12 countries of the region and legally established since March 2011. The first to hold the office was former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner, who served from May to October 2010, when he died.
Unasur has been instrumental in the relations between Colombia and Venezuela.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."