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Chavez Hails Venezuela's Entry Into Mercosur

July 06, 2006|From the Associated Press

Venezuela entered the South American trade bloc Mercosur in a six-nation summit this week.

In a signing ceremony, President Hugo Chavez and the leaders of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay formalized the bloc's expansion to include Venezuela. Chavez called the expansion a victory against Washington's "imperialistic" economic plans for the hemisphere.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, a close Chavez ally, attended the signing ceremony as an observer.

Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva said anti-Americanism was not a hallmark of the regional trade bloc.

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