Chávez e Uribe “pedem” ajuda
Arcadio, «La Prensa»
Será difícil de encontrar na América Latina, dois líderes que se entendam pior que o Presidente da Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, e o da Colômbia, Alvaro Uribe. Mas há algo em os dois estão de acordo, agora que o conflito entre os dois países pode passar para o nível militar; o actual conflito não pode ser resolvido sem mediação internacional:
[…] The border between the two nations, with illegal armed groups, increased military presence, and protests over closures, makes the situation even more precarious, says Ms. Cardozo. “This is not a normal zone,” she says.
And backing down for both men will likely require outside help; many observers say that the two leaders will not be able to come to terms without a third party. “If there was any situation that demands outside help and intervention, it’s this one,” says Mr. Shifter. “The lack of trust is so deep.”
Brazil had offered to mediate between the neighboring nations but Chávez rejected any third-party arbitration out of hand. He said, however, that he would debate the issues in a multilateral forum.
On Sunday, Venezuela’s Deputy Foreign Minister Francisco Arias Cardenas said the dispute should be mediated by the 12-country Union of South American Nations.
Both Uribe and Chávez are expected at a regional summit meeting on climate change in Manaus, Brazil, on Nov. 26, but the two leaders have said they will not meet one-on-one.