Bogota/ Colombia today announced its withdrawal from the Union of South American Nations, a bloc also composed of Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela, for not denouncing “the brutal treatment” of the Venezuelan State against citizens and consider Unasur “the greatest accomplice of the Venezuelan dictatorship”.
“I want to inform the Colombians that today, by precise instructions, the Chancellor of the Republic sent Unasur the letter where we denounce the constitutive treaty of that entity, and in six months the withdrawal of Colombia from that organization will be efective” Colombian President Iván Duque said.
The Colombian leader said that the bloc, formed in Brazil in 2008, was created “to break the inter-American system” and served as a “wild card” for “the purposes of a dictatorship”.
He added that Unasur never denounced the outrages of the Government headed by Nicolás Maduro and that it did not exercise its duty to guarantee that those actions did not “constitute the elimination of the freedoms of the citizenry” for what he considers the “greatest accomplice of the Venezuelan dictatorship”.
On August 10, the Colombian chancellor, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, reported that his country had taken “the political decision” to withdraw from the bloc, a promise that Duque made during his election campaign for the presidency.
Trujillo said that Colombia was in consultation with other Unasur countries such as Peru, Argentina and Chile, to withdraw from the organization as a whole.
“We will continue working within the framework of regional multilateralism and we will do so by supporting the inter-American democratic charter signed by Colombia, which defends freedoms, the balance of powers and is also the guarantor of a participatory and plural society,” Duque said on Monday.
Unasur is also formed by Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. (August 10, 2018, EFE/PracticaEspañol)
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