Monday, July 2nd 2012 - 06:00 UTC

OAS fact-finding mission on the Paraguayan situation arrives in Asuncion

The Paraguayan government named a special committee of military, police and diplomatic officials to help avoid possible incidents of violence when the fact-finding delegation from the Organization of American States, arrives in Asuncion.

Secretary General Insulza plans to meet with Lugo and the new government officials

The OAS delegation headed by Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza left Washington on Sunday together with the standing representatives before OAS from the United States, Canada, Haiti, Honduras and Mexico. On their return the mission has to elaborate a report to be presented to the OAS Permanent Council.

“We have information that there could be attempts to give a false image of the country and the current situation when the ambassadors arrive. That is why we have a Crisis committee with delegates from Foreign Affairs, the police, military, minister or Justice, minister of Interior analysts and Defence”, said Interior minister Carmelo Caballero.

However the minister promised there would be no restrictions on demonstrations, marches or other free expression peaceful activities as long as “they don’t become punishable crimes”.

The delegation headed by Insulza was scheduled to arrive in Asuncion early Monday morning and will collect information on the ground regarding recent events and plans to meet former president Lugo and his ‘resistance cabinet’ as well as current officials and protagonists involved in the impeachment process.

Last week following the impeachment that removed Lugo from office and had him replaced by Vice-president Federico Franco, the OAS Permanent Council could not reach a consensus on the situation and decided to send the fact-finding on the ground mission.

United States has yet to take a position regarding the Paraguayan impeachment and pledged to do so once the OAS Permanent Council receives all the information. Canada on the other hand has recognized the new government alleging the removed president Lugo publicly accepted the Congressional ruling.

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1 GeoffWard2 (#) Jul 02nd, 2012 - 10:05 am Report abuse
Interesting that the USA feels it has to receive a report on PA from the OAS before it can comment on the legitimacy of PA's actions.
2 Simon68 (#) Jul 02nd, 2012 - 01:55 pm Report abuse
Jose Miguel Insulza has proved to be an exceptionally straight foreward and honest man, I believe the report produced by his team will show that the “Bolivarian” states have proved to be hysterical in their claims against Paraguay and the “ruptura” of the democratic institutions.
3 ChrisR (#) Jul 02nd, 2012 - 04:56 pm Report abuse
Lugo accepted the Congressional decision: the end, or has he / will he change his mind?
4 joseyo (#) Jul 02nd, 2012 - 05:53 pm Report abuse
hi did change his mind. Clowns always do...
5 ChrisR (#) Jul 02nd, 2012 - 06:35 pm Report abuse

Well, he is a Bishop, so that shows how delusional he is for a start, so being a coward comes with the turf I suppose.
6 GeoffWard2 (#) Jul 02nd, 2012 - 09:40 pm Report abuse
Well, Becket made it to Archbishop and saint ..... and not for being a coward.
7 Condorito (#) Jul 02nd, 2012 - 10:38 pm Report abuse
Be interesting to see what the Chilean Bulldog comes back with.
8 Simon68 (#) Jul 03rd, 2012 - 01:06 am Report abuse
7 Condorito (#)

I'm surprised that your people didn't stand up for the Paraguayans in front of the Bolivarian hysteria!!!
9 GeoffWard2 (#) Jul 03rd, 2012 - 08:19 am Report abuse
Hi Simon.
I guess Condorito, etc, found the Paraguayan impeachment to be an internal issue conducted with undue haste but within their democratic process.
Again, they were, similarly, in no position to stand up against the opportunistic conduct of a trading group that did not include their nation.
None of their business, until it impacts on them.

You could argue that it is in Chile's best interest to stay well clear of - and without comment on - the catastrophe that is befalling Mercosur+Venezuela.
10 ManRod (#) Jul 03rd, 2012 - 11:40 am Report abuse
Simon anf Geoff, most Chileans consider Paraguay's internal rulings a matter only of their own concern. There has been no violent coup or any kind of force used, not by military, nor armed forces. Paraguayans claim that this procedure stick to their parliament constitution and we have to respect it. It is of sheer arrogance to try to impose them any kind rules from outside, they are a sovereign country.
11 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jul 03rd, 2012 - 11:49 am Report abuse
What a joke of a delegation. Canada - already come out for the coup, alone in the world. USA - wants a base, or so people on here keep saying. And Hoduras, the last country to have had a coup, you've got to be kidding right?!
12 Condorito (#) Jul 03rd, 2012 - 02:54 pm Report abuse
I thought that Chile and Colombia would voice Support for Franco, but I suppose, in retrospect, it makes little sense agitating the hysterical Bolivarians.
Geoff sums it up nicely.

You have obviously decided there was a coup., but can you answer this one question:
Why did the impeachment receive with almost unanimous support in both houses?

Odd definition of coup don’t you think, unless coup simply means that a leader is replaced with one you don’t like.
13 GeoffWard2 (#) Jul 03rd, 2012 - 03:56 pm Report abuse
“Why did the impeachment receive with almost unanimous support in both houses? ” Condor #12

Sometimes it is best to side with - but only for that moment - the obvious winning team.

I remember when the Brasilian Senate voted 100% (!) for the Ficha Limpa - a programme which identified corrupt politicians, and which might have seen many (most?) of them out of office.

'Turkeys voting for Christmas'? Noooo.

A day is a long time in politics, and the Paraguayan houses of governance can vote the other way tomorrow ...... in just the same way as the Brasilian politicians have done all they can subsequently to castrate the Ficha Limpa and preserve their 'gravy train'.
14 ChrisR (#) Jul 03rd, 2012 - 05:02 pm Report abuse
6 GeoffWard2

I agree, but did he really believe in God?

It has always seemed a political move to me, but who knows given we rely on who is writing the history?

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