Guatemala to press for accord with Mercosur
Guatemala's Foreign Minister Haroldo Rodas said that, at the Central American summit on May 29 in El Salvador, he intends to press for a commercial agreement with the South American common market, Mercosur.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Rodas said that President Alvaro Colom and the Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently agreed to kick-start the stalled trade talks between Central America and Mercosur.
The limitations imposed by its larger partners in Mercosur prevent Uruguay from progressing toward an FTA.
The Foreign Minister of Uruguay is touring the isthmus proposing an FTA with Mercosur, even though the President of the very same country describes it as "a bad customs union".
The entry of Venezuela to the South American block has consolidated its character as being driven more by domestic political considerations that modern commercial criteria.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is flying in tomorrow to El Salvador to explore the possibilities of a trading alliance between Central America and the South American alliance, Mercosur.
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