Latin America: Talking Tough In Acapulco

Talking Tough In Acapulco

No one expected any bold initiatives to come from the meeting. But at their conference in Acapulco last week, the Presidents of eight Latin American countries called for a sweeping overhaul of the Organization of American States, the Washington-based association of 32 hemispheric nations formed in 1948. Complaining that "for several years the OAS has not carried out its function efficiently," Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid asked for "a detailed re-examination and reinforcement" of that body.

Although the leaders were short on specifics, one goal clearly was to diminish the influence of a key OAS member that was not invited...

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