Members of Congress Hear it Again: Enact Colombia Trade Pact

By January 11, 2010Trade

From AFP, “Uribe pide a congresistas demócratas de EEUU la aprobación del TLC.” That’s “Uribe asks U.S. Democratic Members of Congress to Pass FTA”:

CARTAGENA, Colombia — El presidente colombiano, Álvaro Uribe, pidió el sábado a legisladores demócratas de Estados Unidos aprobar un Tratado de Libre Comercio crucial para Bogotá, sin obtener sin embargo de éstos promesas de que sea firmado este año.

Uribe se reunió en su finca de la ciudad de Montería (norte) con una delegación del Congreso liderada por Eliot Engel, demócrata por el estado de Nueva York, y que llegó a Colombia luego de visitar Argentina y Perú.

Which is to say: Colombia President Alvaro Uribe on Saturday asked Democratic lawmakers from the United States to approve the free trade agreement crucial to Bogota, without obtaining, however, any promises of action this year. Uribe met at his estate in the city of Monteria with a congressional delegation led by Eliot Engel, Democrat of New York, which arrived in Colombia after visiting Argentina and Peru.

Engel is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

See also the Spanish-language account from AP, “Uribe y delegación legislativa de EEUU hablan de TLC.” The trip has attracted little English-language media notice that we can find here in the United States. The Buenos Aires Herald did have a piece on the delegation’s stop in Argentina:

At the reception Engel largely confined himself to allowing his second visit here in two years to speak for itself as indicating his enthusiasm and to presenting the other members of the delegation (all Democrats, thus breaking with a bipartisan tradition): Lynn Woolsey (California), Shelley Berkley (Nevada) and Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico), along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Christopher McMullen, the right-hand man of Arturo Valenzuela who paid a controversial visit here last month. Engel joked as to who had more Puerto Ricans in his constituency – he or Pierluisi.

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