[Translation of an article from the Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, the Venezuelan government news agency, for May 19.]
Madrid, May 19 – The Spanish non-governmental organization Intermón Oxfam has criticized the free trade agreements between the European Union and Colombia and Peru signed Wednesday, charging they are an obstacle to the elimination of poverty.
“In clear violation of the EU mandate to promote regional integration, these pacts weaken the Andean Community of Nations,” stated Isabel Tamarit, a reprsentative of the NGO.
She warned that the partnership agreements between the EU and Central America and those reached with Colombia and Peru could become an obstacle to development policies for confronting poverty and inequality and for defending human rights. (more…)