Xinhua/People’s Daily Online, 06/07/2011
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, on Monday stressed their shared determination to pursue regional integration in Latin America.
“We have to strengthen our area as a zone of peace. We do not want bombing and coups. We do not want external factors, we are united and integrated,” Chavez said in his first formal meeting with Rousseff after Chavez unexpectedly suspended a visit scheduled for early May due to a knee injury.
Rousseff said the two countries shared the same interests to turn Latin America into a territory of peace and economic growth with respect for human rights and social welfare.