Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Americas bloc excluding US and Canada agreed

Latin American and Caribbean nations have agreed to set up a new regional body without the US and Canada.
The new bloc would be an alternative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), the main forum for regional affairs in the past 50 years.
Mexico has been hosting a regional summit in the beach resort of Cancun.
The OAS has been dogged by rifts between some members and the US over economic policy and trade, and criticised for promoting US interests.


  1. Well really, shouldn 't this have been done a long, long time ago?

  2. Peter Romero, a former State Department head of Latin American affairs and most recently an Obama campaign advisor, told me that a nearly 10 percent cut in foreign aid to Latin America won't make that much of a difference because most of the region does not rely heavily on aid.
    "But, politically, it sends the wrong message," Romero said. "People will say Obama is not paying attention to the region."