Guillaume Long: Leaving Unasur favors U.S. interests

Reacting to the legislative vote on Wednesday where the Ecuadorean government finalized its withdraw from the Constitutional Treaty of Unasur, leaving the bloc, former foreign minister of the nation, Guillaume Long said the move favor United States interests.

The exit from the South American organization, founded in 2008 in a bid to form a stronger regional bloc to better position the region in negotiations with foreign powers, will be detrimental to Ecuador’s interests said Long, who represented the Andean country to the United Nations between 2016 and 2017.

«Washington was always suspicious of Mercosur, and even boycotted» the pact, said the former diplomat. «Since the end of the 1990s, the U.S. government has always actively sought a solution similar to the NAFTA trade agreement with Mexico for the entire region,» referring to Latin America.

The Unasur’s headquarters located in Quito will return to state hands. In July 2018, President Lenin Moreno announced his plans for the building, which are that he hopes to create an intercultural university.

Sources: Nodal, teleSUR.

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