18 de diciembre 2007 - 00:00

Cristina charges at Washington: “They want to divide and separate”

Cristina de Kirchner
Cristina de Kirchner
Within the framework of Mercosur Summit, Argentine president Cristina de Kirchner criticized U.S. again, although without mentioning the country, by making reference to "visitors" not "approving neighbours joining together and getting on well."

Cristina Kirchner denounced that there were "attempts to try to divide, separate or to make us consider each other as obstacles," when speaking before her Mercosur counterparts in Montevideo.

Moreover, the state chief held that "strong local and foreign interests" were opposing continuity of Mercosur and aimed against "a sort of cultural blindness towards what belongs to us."

"There's disregard for what we own and almost subordination to what's foreign," she stated.

On the other hand, she expressed feeling "honoured" to be "the first female bloc member."

"I'm really glad to be the first female member of MERCOSUR. I hope I represent the gender properly," Cristina Fernández expressed and added: "I don't feel I'm just representing Argentine women. Rather, I feel I'm here standing for Uruguayan, Brazilian, Paraguayan and Venezuelan women."

Cristina Fernández fought for a soon incorporation of Venezuela in Mercosur as full member, which is still waiting for approval of Paraguayan and Brazilian parliaments.

She said that, in this South American "neighbourhood", there were "some visitors that do not approve neighbours joining together and getting on well. So, they carry out certain actions to try to divide us and separate us."

"For that reason, I hope next six-month period we can fully incorporate Venezuela, since that will offer the possibility of closing the energetic equation, something crucial in forthcoming times," she added.

The new president celebrated the fact that Uruguay had "reasserted" its membership to the bloc.

Fernández said that Mercosur had "good antibodies," since it had "managed to survive the neoliberal tragedy in Latin America and to avoid adopting neoliberal policies."

She added that the bloc had "really significant challenges" ahead, like overcoming asymmetries and "a deep productive incorporation."

"During my temporary presidency, we'll also work hard to eliminate double tariff, which affects us and prevent us from establishing ourselves as real customs union," Fernández stated.

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