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Uribe Says Venezuela Should 'Return' to Andean Community


Colombian President Alvaro Uribe told the VOA that the current four member nations of the Andean trade pact are committed to assuring the success of the Andean community

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2006 - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe told the Voice of America (VOA) that the current four member nations of the Andean trade pact are committed to assuring the success of the Andean community, hoping for the return of Venezuela to the group, and advocating for an extension of the trade alliance with the United States.

President Uribe indicated that the members of the Andean community "have to insist prudently and sincerely to the government of Venezuela that it returns" to the five-nation group that Venezuela withdrew from in April. VOA's exclusive interview with Uribe aired today during VOA's Spanish language radio program Enfoque Andino (Andean Focus). Excerpts will also air today on VOA's weekday news program for Latin America, Desde Washington (From Washington), which features news briefs on the top stories of the day.

The full interview with President Uribe will also be broadcast on television Friday during VOA's weekly current affairs television program, Foro Interamericano (Inter-American Forum). Additional information and programming can be found at: http://www.VOANews.com/Spanish/.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or E-Mail publicaffairs@voa.gov.

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