The Central American countries, with the exception of Nicaragua, accepted the incorporation of Panama in the negotiation for an Association Agreement with the European Union.
At a meeting in Panama, the chancellors of SICA countries (Central American Integration System) signed a document in which they acknowledge that the incorporation of Panama to the agreement will help increase the goods and services offered by the region.
EU countries have decided to temporarily suspend negotiations to reach an association agreement with Central America.
Sources state that “The idea is to continue as soon as possible. All the other Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua) have been informed and they have agreed.
Univision.com published: “The European Commission (EC), which is the institution negotiating the agreement in the name of the EU, has recommended “to postpone” the negotiations. The talks have been suspended until next week based on the understanding that the negotiation process will continue, according to sources from the community.”
Uribe insists on building the road through the Darien Gap, meeting with old reluctance from Panama.
It is only 108 kilometers of road that are missing so that the Americas can be traveled by land from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, but there are two arguments for refusing construction. One is that this is one of the few quasi-virgin regions left in the world, and it is feared that the inevitable progress that the road would bring would harm the environment and biodiversity, in addition to threatening aboriginal cultures.