Mercosur stretches out with Venezuela
Notwithstanding the absence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff hailed Mercosur expansion
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.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."