Peru, Uruguay appeal for regional unity

10:10, January 26, 2011      

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Peruvian President Alan Garcia and his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica Tuesday called for regional unity and integration by boosting functions of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).

At a press conference, Mujica said there are differences in the Latin American region, but they should be overcome through dialogue and coordination.

A climate of peace should be established in the region, he added.

Mujica also urged Latin American countries to stop wasting money on weapons, because resources are needed to meet the demands of the poor.

At the government palace, both presidents witnessed the signing of four bilateral agreements on migration, health, port infrastructure and diplomacy.

Moreover, they inked a 25-point joint statement, which included endorsement of further Latin American cooperation and better Unasur operation.

Also on Tuesday, Mujica met speaker of the Peruvian national congress Cesar Zumaeta, Lima Mayor Susana Villaran and businesspersons from both countries.

This was the first visit of a Uruguayan president to Peru in the last 20 years.

On Wednesday, Mujica will travel to Venezuela.

Source: Xinhua


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