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UNASUR appointed first Director of Center of Strategic Studies of the South American Defense Council.

In an undated photo, Nelida Sosa de Forti (center) poses with sons (left to right) Alfredo Forti , Renato, Guillermo, Nestor and Mario Manuel, and daughter Silvana. In 1977, Mrs. Sosa tried to flee Argentina's dictatorship, but was captured and killed. (Associated Press)

The Argentine Alfredo Forti, Secretary of Defense for International Affairs, was appointed the first director of the Center for Strategic Studies for the Defense of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), was officially announced on Friday.

Mr. Forti is a survivor of the argentinian dictatorship. His mother was kidnapped and killed by the argentinian dictators.

Nowadays, Mr. Forti worked for the Kirchner government.

The study center, which is the first permanent body of South American Defense Council (CSD), will have among its objectives “to generate a geo-strategic thinking authentically South American,” a Defense Ministry statement said the Argentine.

Its headquarters will be in Buenos Aires, and each of the 12 countries that make up the CDS and UNASUR may designate up to two representatives.

The statement said that the appointment of Forti, an official of the government of President Cristina Fernandez, agreed on Thursday in Quito at the Third Regular Meeting of the executive body of the CDS of the UNASUR, and integration bloc whose founding treaty was signed in Brasilia in 2008.