The Americas ReportDecember 20, 2007Highlighted Story - "The Colombian Hostage Crisis Causes Uribe-Chavez Rift."Main News -• Argentina harshly attacks the US over "the
suitcase scandal." "Governments (of Argentina and Venezuela) agreed to
conceal origin of the funds." Venezuelan Antonini was offered USD 2
million to keep silence about "the suitcase scandal." Nestor Kirchner
Strongly Criticizes the US. Argentina Assumes MERCOSUR Presidency.• Recent Bombs Cause Concern in Chile.• Student leaders ask the EU to fight "Chávez's dictatorship."
Countdown to New Venezuela Currency. Chávez asks for reward for his
patience to join Mercosur. Chávez warns the US: "Do not force us into a
violent revolution" in Bolivia. Chávez promises not to invade
Washington. • • CITGO contracts USD 1 billion debt for joint ventures.
Chavez Meets With Castro in Cuba - Castro to retire.• Betancourt's relatives ask Uribe to return "good will" gesture to the
FARC. Colombia reacts cautiously to alleged release of FARC hostages.
France willing to take in Colombian FARC prisoners.• Ecuador Erects New Financial Structure. Ecuadorian police finds
arsenal together with Osama bin Laden pictures. Ecuador's state oil
company creates arm to manage former fields seized from Occidental.• Lula asks Argentina, Venezuela to solve unbalances in the hemisphere.• Cuba and China: bilateral cooperation in energy.Download report (pdf - 384 kb)