Pepe Mujica: “We need a big overhang that shelters the little houses”
Uruguay, August 29, 2011
The president of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Jose “Pepe” Mujica, spoke at the opening of the Free Peoples train, which links Argentina with his country. He called for the union between the two countries and the region.
This is a day of joy, why not, is a day of commitment. Let’s step by step closer, and constantly improve our relationship with the Argentine people, who were born in the same room as us. We build, as we can, because MERCOSUR is not a causality of virtue, is what we have done, and we will continue struggling to improve over the decades ahead.
And there are many young people. They will live in a world that we can not imagine. They will live the era of huge continental units.
I’m waiting for the Argentine census results to know how many Uruguayans there are in Argentina, the only place on earth where the Uruguayans do not feel foreign, but part of the same. Similarly, the Argentine people are part of our own people. No one should give up their independence, but frankly you have to understand, that we need a big overhang that shelters the little houses. That’s the way.