Representatives of five Latin American nations are meeting in Bogota, Colombia in a so-called "Little Summit Meeting" to discuss common problems.
Representatives of five Latin American nations are meeting in Bogota, Colombia in a so-called "Little Summit Meeting" to discuss common problems. President Carlos Lleras Restrepo of Colombia played host to President Eduardo Frei of Chile; President Raul Leoni of Venezuela; a special delegate from Peru, Fernando Schwalb, and ex-President Galo Plaza of Ecuador.
The meeting opened with a formal session on Sunday, August 15, at the San Carlos Palace in Bogota. The working sessions were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Informed sources said Monday that the final resolution adopted by the delegates would call for the creation of a permanent commission of Latin American states which would seek ways to integrate the economies of the various Latin American nations.
The nations present at the Little Summit are all members of the Latin American Free Trade Association, a group that has been seeking unsuccessfully to set up a kind of common market on the European model Diplomats said the projected commission would serve as a decision-making body for the Association. Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico, the other members of the Association, were not present.
Delegates denied that the five nations at the Little Summit meeting were seeking to form an economic or political bloc of their own.
President Frei of Chile and Leoni of Venezuela arrived Saturday (14 August) for the conference and were greeted at the airport in Bogota by President Lleras of Colombia.
Colombian officials laid on tight security for the summit sessions. Police searched passersby outside the San Carlos Palace for weapons of bombs. Officials said they sought to prevent possible terrorist acts.