Venezuela, Colombia candidacies considered for UNASUR Secretary General

Caracas, 11 Mar. AVN .- Foreign minister of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) analyze on Friday in Quito, Ecuador, candidatures presented by Venezuela and Colombia to hold the body”s Secretary General, post previously held by late Argentinean politician Nestor Kirchner.

The Ecuadorean Government informed that the South American diplomats have been considering the possibilities that as Colombian former foreign minister Maria Emma Mejia as Venezuelan Electricity Minister Ali Rodriguez hold the post during a term each of them, reported EFE.

According to the same report, Ecuadorean vice foreign minister Kintto Lucas expressed the proposal of sharing a term was raised by the foreign ministries of Venezuela and Colombia as a possible arrangement given that none of the candidates have received an unanimous support of UNASUR member states.

It is “very significant” that Caracas and Bogota raised that proposal “because the other countries somehow look favorably on them,” said Lucas, who expressed that though Colombia and Venezuela “had some problems at a moment,” they will sit to talk about it.

During the last UNASUR summit, held in Guyana last month of November, presidents of the member states decided that the term of office of the new Secretary General would last two years and initially without the possibility of reelection.

Though UNASUR foreign ministers work on the issue, the decision to appoint a new Secretary General relies on the presidents of the bloc, which gains juridical status this Friday when its constituent agreement becomes effective.


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