In a message to the nation, the President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, announced that Ecuador will no longer integrate Unasur (Union of South American Nations). In his speech, Moreno said that the group lost its meaning. “For a year now, half of the member states have neither participated nor contributed, the General Secretariat has no incumbent for more than two years, and the staff has been decreasing significantly.”
The President questioned the management of UNASUR, as the lack of stability of the same. “Some irresponsible leaders were infatuated for naming their friends to that Secretariat, again replicating the vices of 21st century socialism. Therefore, in practice, the doors of the organization have been closed.
“On the Unasur building, which is located in Quito, the Chief Executive indicated that” Ecuador put much more than it had. He delivered a $ 40 million building as headquarters. Instead of allocating this money to retirees, to children for education, they put it in a building that does an ode to waste. “The President indicated that Ecuador sought means to sustain UNASUR, but that there was no response that would suit the country. “The solution has been sought, by various means. We sent high-level missions to the member countries, the foreign ministers met in forums, we proposed to reconfigure an agenda so that Unasur concentrates on positive issues. “After carrying out the negotiations, Moreno said,”
Ecuador has concluded that the conditions for Unasur can return to work for South American integration, regional integration is fundamental. ” Given this, “we have decided to suspend, as of today (March 13), the application of the Unasur Constitutive Treaty for Ecuador, which means that we will stop participating in the activities of that organization, we will not consign more contributions to its budget”.
With this decision, Ecuador initiates the procedures to officially leave the Treaty of Unasur. As the legitimate owners, we have requested the reversion to Ecuador of the headquarters building, with absolute respect to the procedures in law, applicable to the case. “The President emphasized that” we need to work on vital issues, such as economic integration, prevention of natural disasters, security, governability, infrastructure, public health and education.
Thinking about the South American regional integration. “On the South American integration he added that” the future of our countries will be more prosperous and of mutual benefit, if we have bridges of union. If one of the roads used fails, because it has stopped representing the aspiration of the States, we must start a new path. “On the future of the building he said that” my intention is to deliver that building to the Indigenous University of Ecuador. We are committed to regional integration. But with an integration that works, it effectively integrates countries and peoples. ” (I)