GeorgetownFriday, November 26, 2010
‘Kirchner will always be a source of inspiration to the region,’ Lula says at Unasur Summit
While attending the 6th UNASUR Summit in Guyana, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva praised former Secretary Néstor Kirchner, saying "he will always be a source of superior inspiration" for the region's politicians.
"His dreams were shared by all South Americans," he said, prompting a strong applause from other officials present.
He then referred to the energy asymmetry in the region and expressed that "we must stimulate the creation of production chains between state and private corporations in order to solve it."
"We can't give in to the temptation of individual solutions, we will not be prosper unless we are all prosper. Our future remains together at Unasur," he expressed.
Before officially opening the Summit, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa asked for a minute of silence to honor the memory of former Unasur Secretary Néstor Kirchner, who died of a heart attack almost a month ago.
As the minute concluded, the dignitaries present applauded and cheered.
Once declared officially opened, Mr. Correa said that South American presidents were "setting the bases for an integration process."
"We look at each other today. We're different but the same. We've come a long way but there's still a long way to go," he said, joyous, since the organization's constitution treaty has been ratified by nine member countries, which are necessary in order for it to acquire legal status.
Discussions during the Summit will include subjects such as the region's democratic stability or appointing a new Secretary to the organization.
Presidents are also expected to discuss the so called "democratic clause," a text that looks to prevent and punish any sort of coups in the region.
The idea for the clause originated after the attempted coup against the Ecuadorean president.
Out of the 12 member presidents, only eight of them are present since the heads of state from Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Bolivia could not attend.
Before leaving Argentina, the President ordered for the reopening of the Argentine embassy in Guyana, which remained closed since 1991 due to budget issues.
Mrs. Fernández de Kirchner left the country yesterday after 5 pm from the El Palomar military base and was greeted in Georgetown by Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman who had already been meeting with other Foreign Ministers there.
During today's meetings, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is expected to transfer UNASUR's pro tempore presidency to his Guyanese counterpart, Bharrat Jagdeo.
Mrs. Fernández de Kirchner is expected to return to Argentina on Friday evening as soon as the meeting is over.
Except for Uruguayan President José Mujica, who could not be present due to health problems, the other twelve South American presidents assured they would attend the summit.
Besides the transfer of the UNASUR presidency, attending heads of stated are scheduled to debate to approval of the organization's treaty, which will grant it with recognition status.