U.S. Might Support Colombia NATO Bid

By Dialogo
June 05, 2013


The United States might support a bid by Colombia for NATO membership just as it has backed the close Latin American ally in other international fora, a senior State Department official said on June 3.



“Our goal is certainly to support Colombia as being a capable and strong member of lots of different international organizations, and that might well include NATO,” said Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.



“Ultimately this is a decision that all of the NATO members would have to make,” she added.



Colombia will sign a cooperation agreement this month with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with a view to membership, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said June 1.



“It is not all that surprising that Colombian citizens are interested in where else they would be able to interact,” Jacobson said.



Bolivian President Evo Morales called the move a “provocation” and a threat to “anti-imperialist” countries like Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua or Ecuador.



He said he was prepared to ask for a meeting of UNASUR, a grouping that includes most South American countries, to discuss the issue.



Jacobson would not comment on Morales’s statements.



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, met with foreign ministers from around the region on June 4 in Antigua, Guatemala, at a gathering of the Organization of American States focused on counter-drug policies.



“He was looking forward to that conversation,” said Jacobson. “There’s a very strong coincidence of views.”






Evo Morales's statements are out of context. It's pure babbling and desire to talk politics. It is a silly speech.
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