Americas bloc excluding US and Canada agreed


BBC News
February 25, 2010

Latin American and Caribbean nations have agreed to set up a new regional body without the US and Canada.

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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.

It “must as a priority push for regional integration… and promote the regional agenda in global meetings”, Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the summit, which includes leaders and representatives from 32 countries.

The terms of the new bloc and whether it would replace the Rio Group of Latin American countries has not been clarified.

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