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Mercosur countries committed to strengthening the bloc

At the LXIV Summit the authorities expressed their firm commitment to the revitalization and updating of Mercosur

The delegations of the States parties and associates of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the regional bloc, after the LXIV Summit of heads of State held on Monday in Asunción, Paraguay.

The authorities expressed “their firm commitment to the strengthening, revitalization and updating of Mercosur, with emphasis on the intensification of external negotiations, which allow for greater international insertion of the bloc,” the statement says.

Furthermore, in the elimination of internal restrictions that limit or make impossible the free exchange of goods and services, established by the Treaty of Asunción, "and at the same time, deepen the structural, monetary and fiscal imbalances of the States Parties."

According to the declaration, the authorities ratified their commitment to the objectives and principles of the founding Treaties of Mercosur, the principles of consensus and reciprocity of rights and obligations, "with a view to strengthening the regional integration process."

“They highlighted the importance of achieving greater regional energy integration, particularly in terms of electrical and gas interconnection, with a view to fully taking advantage of the complementarities of the different resources of each country and greater incorporation of renewable energy sources into distribution networks. ", was noted in the document.

They also addressed the commitment to strengthening democratic institutions, the full validity of the rule of law, the principles of international law, the protection of human rights and economic growth, he noted. Xinhua.

Statement on organized crime

The authorities issued a Presidential Declaration on the fight against Transnational Organized Crime (TOC), in which they recognized that this situation is a threat “with consequences not only for the security of the countries in the region, but also for democratic stability, the socioeconomic development and regional peace.

They expressed the urgency of joining efforts to advance the integration of related regional security policies, “which involve the identification of threats, risks and vulnerabilities, prevention and combating the different modalities of transnational organized crime.”

“They agree that transnational organized crime constitutes a global problem that must be faced in a decisive, joint, coordinated and uninterrupted manner between the States Parties and Associated States,” the declaration states.

Likewise, they agreed on the importance of permanent coordination in the fight against transnational organized crime, between the States Parties and Associated States.

At the meeting were the presidents of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Squid da Silva; from Paraguay, Santiago Peña; from Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou; as well as the chancellor of Argentina, Diana Mondino; the president of Bolivia, Luis Arce and the high authorities of the Associated States.

Accession of Panama to Mercosur

The president of Panama, José Raúl Mulino, participated in the meeting of Mercosur as a guest and accepted the proposal for his country to join the regional bloc.

“I believe in integration because alone in the world we are nothing. And our country has a world of connections and access to important cities that we can connect with,” he declared.


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