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OAS states divided over food sovereignty

06-06-2012 11:09 BJT

After three days of talks in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Organization of American States finishes its annual meeting by agreeing to disagree on a list of issues. Although they all say they want to work together on improving access to safe and nutritious food.

The Organisation of American States General Assembly broke up after three days of talks declaring success on several key issues-food security and a social charter to fight poverty among them. But the OAS remains divided on several other points that threaten to tear the body apart, among them the proposed restructuring of the Inter-american Commission for Human Rights.

Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador said,  "This is a good opportunity to express our major concerns-at least to recognize that we are heads of states with democratic legitimacy. We will not allow bureaucracies with their own agendas to interfere in our internal affairs."

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is one of the members of a Latin American group, including Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela, which is strongly critical of the OAS.

Correa said, "That's the problem. That's been the criticism of the Organisation of America States that it's been a foreign policy tool of the United States."

The host president, Evo Morales, is also strongly critical of Washington's role in the OAS.

Evo Morales, President of Bolivia,said, "This is not a Latin America and Caribbean for the United States. That's an idea that has to change. There has to be a major restructuring of the OAS. If there is no change then for sure the Organisation of American States will die at the service of imperialism."

The organisation is also divided by feuds between Latin American states - the most prominent here the long-running dispute between Bolivia and Chile over Bolivia's access to the sea.

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