Unasur Summit: Fromer Argentine president appointed secretary-general

08:51, May 05, 2010      

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Former Argentinian President Nestor Kirchner attend the summit meeting of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in Los Cardales, Argentina, May 4, 2010. Nestor Kirchner was elected as the organization's Secretary General during the summit on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Martin Zabala)

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner was appointed on Tuesday as the secretary-general of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) at the summit being hosted by Argentina.

During the inauguration ceremony, presided by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who also supports the designation, Kirchner swore "to practice his
charge with loyalty, as he was appointed by the council of heads of the state and government, always observing the goals proposed and assuring the integration process of Latin America."

Kirchner was appointed by the consensus of the presidents and foreign ministers of member countries of the Unasur.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hailed Kirchner's values and said he will be "a great secretary-general" of the Unasur.

Bolivian President Evo Morales said his country "never doubted" about Kirchner's appointment and added that "it was electing the first president of South America at this difficult moment."

Meanwhile, Jose Mujica, Uruguay's President said "it was hard for this president" to remove the obstacles that his predecessor Tabare Vazquez had set for Kirchner's designation.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said "the most important thing of this meeting was the designation, by consensus, of the friend, companion Nestor Kirchner as secretary-general of South America."

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