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РИО-ДЕ-ЖАНЕЙРО. В прошлом месяце лидеры 12 стран Южной Америки (за исключением одной) собрались в Кито, столице Эквадора, на саммит Союза Южноамериканских наций. Союз Южноамериканских наций (UNASUR или UNASUL, в зависимости от того, говорят в стране по-испански или по-португальски) был образован двенадцатью президентами в Бразилии в мае 2008 года с целью расширения экономической и политической интеграции. Вместо этого, президент Венесуэлы Уго Чавес использовал встречу в Кито, чтобы пропагандировать свою Боливарскую революцию и разъяснять свои собственные идеи по поводу будущего этого континента как континента, независимого от Соединенных Штатов.

Из-за недавно провозглашенного военного договора США с Колумбией идеи Чавеса восприняло больше слушателей, чем ожидалось. Так как вместо инфраструктурных планов, торговых договоров или договоров об охране окружающей среды, или даже многосторонних действий против таких общих проблем, как насилие и бедность, темой, которая доминировала как в сообщениях прессы, так и в выступлениях на собрании был военный договор между США и Колумбией, провозглашенный менее чем за месяц до саммита.

Никого не удивило то, что Чавес больше всех преуспел в критике договора. Он утверждал, что «дуют ветры войны» и что само объявление о договоре «может перерасти в трагедию».

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