Caracas, 06 Mar. AVN.- Within the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, "will be remembered as the great proponent of this idea, as the great rescuer of the original project of Bolivar, Sucre and Bolivar permanent driver."
This was stressed on Wednesday by the Unasur secretary general Ali Rodriguez Araque, stating that: "He always marked a principled position that is the most important thing in ruling a state and a foreign policy" with the flexibility to maintain a respectful relationship with all nations.
In statements to Telesur, from Dr. Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital in Caracas, Rodriguez Araque emphasized that Chavez not only will be remembered as the promoter of Latin American integration, but as the leader who "recovered the dignity of Venezuela, of being proud of be Venezuelan."
"It is also a country that fully recovered its independence, which allowed at the same time to establish a relationship with Cuba," said former Foreign Minister and former Minister of the Bolivarian Government, who noted: "There are many achievements he left on the road and take stock would be extraordinary."
The also former guerrilla and close friend of President Chavez said that many feelings are overwhelming him. "We were classmates of ideals, we share personal matters" he said.
Consciousness in Venezuela and the world
Rodriguez Araque emphasized that Chavez was a leader who shocked his country and the rest of the Latin America nations for his insistence on the unification of peoples and nations.
The president's greatest achievement is "creating awareness among the people of Venezuela and the peoples of the world," said Unasur general secretary.
"He was one of the protagonists of the fundamental changes in the region. He put great effort into the reunification of this great homeland as the Liberator Simon Bolivar wanted," he said.
He insisted that Unasur is a strategy that gives sustainability and durability to the "huge reserves of natural resources that has a region like this."
"Chavez struck nations. Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador are witness to that, we all know the great liberator is Simon Bolivar but he (Chavez) is the one who takes on the task of carrying this project (the Bolivarian) forward and continued strongly and perseverance in that idea."
Driven among others by President Chavez, the Unasur was born in 2007 with the aim of enabling South American nations to build their own identity and work harmoniously in projects that promote development in the region in the political, economic, social and cultural aspects.
The member countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Venezuela recognized and respected
The governments of Cuba, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and Iran decreed days of mourning in their respective nations, in honor of President Chavez, who died Tuesday in Caracas.
Countries like Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico, Ireland, Guatemala, Portugal and Spain have released official statements of condolences for the Venezuelan people and recognition of the legacy that the Venezuelan president leaves after having fought to the end, the battle against cancer.
On these expressions of solidarity from the international community, the Foreign Minister, Elias Jaua, said they reflect the respect and recognition of Venezuela in the world.
"We are honored to receive this other legacy of Commander President. A Venezuela with a weight in the international community," said Jaua, at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, where he was receiving the Bolivia's president Evo Morales.
"Today Venezuela is loved and respected by almost all the world's peoples. We must now take care of that legacy, which is part of the five main strategic objectives that Commander Chavez raised in 2012 campaign and we passed when we chose him on October 7," said Jaua, referring to the construction of a multipolar world.