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Brazil Urges Unity to Win Trade Help

From Times Wire Reports

Brazil’s president told a summit of South American leaders meeting in Carmen del Viboral, Colombia, that they must merge the continent’s two largest trading blocs to force the United States to grant concessions in free-trade negotiations.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said greater regional integration would strengthen South America’s bargaining position in talks for a proposed hemisphere-wide Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005. He spoke at the Andean Community of Nations, which includes Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.


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