WESTERN HEMISPHERE BRIEF 058-75

Created: 4/15/1975

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//LATIN AMERICAl THE PROPOSAL FOR AN EXCLUSIVELY LATIN AMERICAN ECONOMIC SYSTEM <SELA> HAS BEEN GREETED SO FAR WITH CONSIDERABLE SKEPTICISM. APART FROM ITS CO-SPONSORS. MEXICO AND VENEZUELA.EU GOVERNMENTS SEEM EAGER TO COMMIT THEMSELVES* EVEN IF IT DOES NOT ATTRACT NEU ADHERENTS. hOUEVER. SOME SORT OF REGIONAL COOPERATIVE IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO BE CREATED BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT. UMBER OF GOVERNMENTS PROBABLY HILLERHAPS FOR NO BETTER REASON THAN TO SHOU SUPPORT FOR LATIN AMERICAN

//TO BECOME MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER IN THE LONG LIST OF IMPOTENT REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. SELA UILL HAVE TO OVERCOME FORMIDABLE HURDLES- OLD AND NEU RIVALRIES. COMPETING NATIONAL INTERESTS.ONCERN THAT THE ORGANIZATION COULD CAUSE TROUBLE NITH THE US WILL TEMPER

//SCLA'S AMBITIOUS GOALS AND PLANNED STAFFING UILL REQUIRE CONSIDERABLE FINANCING- ALL MEMBERS PRESUMABLY UILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY DUES- ALTHOUGH VENEZUELA AND MEXICO SEEM THE

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HOST EAGER AND THEREFORE HILL PROBABLY BE THE PRINCIPALHEY ARE UNLIKELY TO PROVIDE MOREEW MILLION EVEN THEN. THEY MILL CONTRIBUTE ONLY IP THEY ALSO HAVE THE KEY ROLES IN DETERMINING WHAT PROJECTS ARE TO BE UNDERTAKEN AND ARE ASSURED OFOOD RETURN FOR THEIR HONEY. UMBER OF GOVERNMENTS. ESPECIALLY THOSL IN SOUTH AMERICA. ALREADY ARE SUSPICIOUS OF VENEZUELAN AND MEXICAN PRETENSIONS TO REGIONAL LEADERSHIP. SOME ARE WARY OF CUBA'S PARTICIPATION.

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