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Weekly Report - 14 March 2019 (WR-19-10)

CHILE: Foreign policy debate rages

Venezuela’s multi-layered crisis is fuelling tensions between the government led by President Sebastián Piñera and the left-wing opposition over Chile’s traditionally apolitical foreign policy. Exacerbating these tensions, Piñera is due to host a summit in Santiago on 24 March to launch a new regional integration initiative to replace the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), accused of serving the interests of the Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro. Piñera says that the re-envisioned bloc, known as Prosur, would focus on strengthening integration, economic development, and regional trade.

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