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Unasur Montevideo summit suspended until October

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A presidential summit between the heads of state of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has been suspended due to scheduling conflicts amongst member countries.

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The meeting, originally planned for next week, will now take place in October, when Surinam hands over the pro tempore presidency of the institution to Uruguay in Montevideo.

"It is not unknown for this to happen," officials told reporters in Uruguay as they confirmed the summit would be postponed. According to President Jose Mujica's executive office the challenges of coordinating activities for 22 heads of state accounted for the rescheduling.

The summit was expected to begin on August 18 with meetings between technicians and consultants. The key dates were August 21 and 22, when the presidents of the bloc were to discuss an extensive list of activities. It is not clear what will happen with the announced visit of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet that was to coincide with the Unasur summit.

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