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MERCOSUR SUMMIT | Uruguay takes over

Mercosur stretches out with Venezuela

Notwithstanding the absence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff hailed Mercosur expansion

Mercosur representatives met at the Itaramaty palace in Brasilia (Photo: AP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Friday December 07, 2012  03:45 PM
The Common Market of the South (Mercosur) took on Friday in Brasilia a step forward in its span, after announcing in its 44th Summit the beginning of talks to add Bolivia as full member. Earlier, last July, the trade bloc opened its doors to Venezuela.

Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff aired the upcoming inclusion of Bolivia at the opening session. The main absent was Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez as his country was making its debut as full member, DPA reported.

Chávez was represented in the event by Minister of Petroleum and Mining Rafael Ramírez. Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro would not travel to Brasilia for the summit that coincided with the return of President Chávez to Caracas, after his nine-day stay in Cuba for his cancer treatment.

Notwithstanding the absence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff hailed Mercosur expansion.
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