Brazilian foreign minister: Peace must be preserved in South America

Mauro Vieira addressed the tension between Venezuela and Guyana

Published on 07/12/2023 - 11:04 By Rafael Cardoso - Agência Brasil - Rio de Janeiro

Yesterday (Dec. 6), during a Mercosur foreign ministers' meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's representative, Mauro Vieira, advocated for South American countries to give precedence to dialogue and peacekeeping on the continent.

The address was delivered against the backdrop of escalating tensions between Venezuela and Guyana. This follows a Venezuelan government-promoted referendum that endorsed the conversion of the Essequibo territory into a constituent state under the leadership of Nicolás Maduro.

"In times of turmoil marked by numerous conflicts, it is crucial to acknowledge Mercosur's role in establishing South America as the world's largest peace zone. The preservation of peace is a fundamental prerequisite for economic development. Therefore, it is imperative that we persist in fostering dialogue and collaboration to ensure our region continues along this path," emphasized Vieira.

Strengthening the bloc

At the meeting, held predominantly behind closed doors and inaccessible to the press, the minister underscored the significance of persistently fortifying the regional bloc to foster the development of the entire continent.

"Over the course of three decades since its creation, Mercosur has evolved into a pivotal force for cohesion, coordination, and integration across South America. Thanks to Mercosur and the joint efforts of the associated states, since 2019 we have constituted a de facto free trade zone, which stimulates the production and trade of goods, with added value for all peoples," declared the Brazilian minister.

The 63rd Ordinary Meeting of the Common Market Council is being held at the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. Today (7), the gathering welcomed foreign and economic ministers, and central bank presidents from Mercosur, associated states and special guests. Brazil was represented by Vice-President Alckmin, Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, and Planning and Budget Minister Simone Tebet.

Translation: Mário Nunes -  Edition: Marcelo Brandão

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