6 countries suspend membership in UNASUR regional bloc

• A South American bloc created a decade ago to counter US influence in the region has temporarily lost half its members after six countries suspended their memberships amid differences over who should lead the group.

• Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru had decided to temporarily leave the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, given differences over choosing the secretary general of the group.

=> About UNASUR

• The Union of South American Nations (referred to as the South American Union) is an intergovernmental regional organization comprising 6 South American countries.

• The objective of UNASUR is to build an integration space for the South American peoples.

• The region undergoes an important moment of democratic stability and social progress, which is a consequence, among other factors, of benefits resulting from the political coordination among the countries.

• The organization made it possible to strengthen integration and find consensus, respecting plurality.

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