COLOMBIAN FREE TRADE PACT SHOT DOWN: ONE STEP FORWARD FOR THE U.S., ONE BACK FOR CANADA

On July 18, the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives staunchly rejected the previously initialed free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia, while postponing (at least for several months) the ratification of a comparable trade measure with Peru and Panama. This is merely the latest devastating blow to the standing of Colombia's hard-line right-wing president, Àlvaro Uribe, whose disapproval rating hit a high of 27 percent in a Gallup Poll published on July 14. Not only is this a heavy blow against Uribe delivered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her senior colleagues, but it also is an embarrassing setback for the Bush administration, which had elevated Uribe into being Washington's closest regional ally and made Colombia into the third largest recipient of U.S. assistance. Meanwhile, two days before the U.S. Congress' decision, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Uribe in pursuit of a Canada-Colombia FTA in what could not be considered a high water mark for exemplary diplomacy...

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Originally from Latin America News Review on July 19, 2007, 10:28am

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