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South American Economic Integration

Martin Kaste reports from Brazil that South American politicians are talking more and more these days about economic integration. At a recent summit, Latin American presidents pledged to work for creation of a continent-wide free-trade zone by the year 2002. Analysts say the drive toward integration is spurred, in part, by the growing US involvement in the drug war in Colombia. Many Brazilian politicians, in particular, say the new billion-dollar US aid package to Colombia smacks of imperialism, and they want to counter the US presence by banding together.

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