It was a vertitable circus today at the OAS meeting, as both Peru and Nicaragua complained about the intromission of Hugo Chavez in the internal affairs of their respective countries. The Venezuelan Ambassador defended Chavez saying that he had been insulted by Alan Garcia, but the truth was that Garcia was responding to Chavez’ threat that he would break relations with Peru pif that hood, thief and corrupt politician reched the Peruvian Presidency. The Peruvian Ambassador was also incensed becaued he had asked for a video of Chavez’ statements bee shown, but was denied he possibility by the President, the Ambassador from St. Vincent and the Granadines. The Ambassador said that he it had been agreed prior to the meeting that he woudl show the video, which in his own words, had nothing obscene or vulgar in it, but the clear intromission by Chavez in Peru’s electoon by threatening the Peruvian citizens if they elected Alan Garcia.Meanwhile, the Peruvian Electoral Board withdrew its invitation (by subscription) of the two pro-Chavez observers that had been invited to the election, one of which was none other than the jnfamous ex-President of the Electoral Board Jorge Rodriguez.
Nicaragua meanwhile was accusing Chavez of trying to buy with his oil money the victory Daniel Ortega has been unable to achieve via the ballot box. While the Venezuelan Ambassador said that Chavez was just expressing his solidarity, something which has little credibility, given that Chavez is only giving oil to Sandinista Mayors.
Meanwhile Uruguayan President Tabare Vasquez was very clear that he did not say anything of the many things he said in the last few days, now saying that his country will not leave Mercosur, but will join ALCA, while becoming an “associate” member of Mercosur, demosntarting that only politicians are capable of contradicting themselves and claim they are being consistent.
Meanwhile in Brazil, President Lula was trying to put his best face on Evo Morales’ decision to nationalize Bolivia’s gas operations, while his commercial arm Petrobras, was speaking from Lual’s pocketbook, saying that it was cancelling its investments in Bolivia and that declaring the increase in the price of Bolivian gas “unacceptable”.
Thus, it was another day for desintegration in Latin America as conflicting signals were being sent all over, while it appeared increasingly likely that Lula may be leaning closer to ALCA and its rule of law, now that his freindly “partners” in Latin America have acted in unfriendly and unexpected ways.