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Kirchner & UNASUR activate conflict resolution mechanism between Chavez and Colombia.

Secretary Gral of UNASUR Nestor Kirchner

The rupture of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela activated the regional mechanisms for conflict resolution, with the reaction of several governments and the announcement of the mediation of the organization Unasur (Union of South American Countries), which convened to a meeting of foreign ministers to address the crisis.

A day after Venezuela broke relations with Colombia, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) announced Friday that its secretary general, former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner will meet on August 5th in Caracas with President Hugo Chávez and later in Bogotá with the outgoing President-elect Alvaro Uribe and President Elect Juan Manuel Santos.

On Thursday the Venezuelan government called on Ecuador – which holds the pro tempore presidency of UNASUR –  to organize a  “emergency” summit bringing together the region’s foreign ministers, which finally was called for next week in Quito.

According to experts, mediation in the crisis is an opportunity to strengthen UNASUR, but also this mediation could weaken the prestige of the Organization of American States OAS for not being able to solve the crisis.