South American Community of Nations
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- Step by step CAN and Mercosur will converge becoming the South American Community, but gradually disappearing at the same time. But in spite of the haste there’s no rush, because we could end with an empty declaration. [...] My idea is that in a few months time CAN [Comunidad Andina de Naciones] should be known as South American Community-CAN and Mercosur [Mercado Común del Sur], South American Community MS, so we have time to get in touch with the new initials. — Former Argentine president Eduardo Duhalde, president of the Mercosur Representatives Committee.
Today we can say that Simón Bolívar's dream, in the 21st century, is called South American Community of Nations. It's not anymore the dream of a hero, it's the reality of an era. --Luiz Inácio da Silva, December 3, 2004.
The challenges to Latin American democracy will only be solved by the convergence, each time greater, of economic, cultural and political ties that will allow us to redesign the new space of sovereignty in the era of globalization. --Luiz Inácio da Silva, December 3, 2004.
- We are here to make Simón Bolívar's dream real. [...] Sooner, rather than later, we shall have a single currency, a single passport... Sooner, rather than later, we shall have a parliament with directly elected representatives for this new nation that we are creating today. — Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, 8 December 2004.