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Brazil wants Paraguay back in Mercosur following “democracy compliance” test

Saturday, October 6th 2012 - 15:06 UTC
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Full democracy must be verified by Mercosur members, said Patriota Full democracy must be verified by Mercosur members, said Patriota

Brazilian Foreign minister Antonio Patriota said on Friday that Paraguay could resume membership of Mercosur and Unasur without the need to wait for presidential elections next April 2013 as long as “full compliance with democracy” can be verified.

“Paraguay can rejoin regional organizations once full compliance of democracy is verified by members of Mercosur and Unasur which means Paraguay will not need to wait until April 2013 presidential elections” said Patriota during a press conference in Rio do Janeiro next to his Uruguayan peer Luis Almagro who insisted that was the unanimous expectation from the group.

Patriota described as very positive the fact that Paraguay under President Federico Franco decided to confirm the electoral calendar which was established by his predecessor in the job Fernando Lugo, who was removed from office following political impeachment by the Senate last June which triggered the suspension of the country from Mercosur and Unasur.

Uruguayan minister Almagro said that “time helps with the healing process” of the Paraguayan situation in so far that the coming election represents a “solution” for the country and its reintegration to the Latinamerican community.

“We expect the electoral process to be clean, transparent, and clear and with guarantees for all involved particularly for those who have been removed from office, and more specifically President Lugo and left wing sectors. Hopefully through such an electoral process, clear and transparent Paraguay can reach the right solution”, added Almagro.

He added that it was encouraging that mechanisms of international monitoring have been established for the coming elections precisely to promote and ensure the maximum guarantees to the electoral process.

Almagro underlined that Mercosur was going through its “best political moment” because of the shared position of country members in deciding the suspension of Paraguay and the incorporation of Venezuela as full member.

Patriota finally said that Mercosur had done its utmost to ensure that the suspension did not have “impacts” on the Paraguayan people or economy, which has been confirmed by an increase in the volume of trade between Paraguay and other full members during the last few months.
 

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  • BAMF Paraguay

    “Almagro underlined that Mercosur was going through its “best political moment” because of the shared position of country members in deciding the suspension of Paraguay and the incorporation of Venezuela as full member.”

    Figuring that Mercosur was not designed as a political bloc, I think Almagro got it right that this is the best political moment of Mercosur. It only further shows that the trading initiatives of the bloc are gone.

    Mercopress didn't mention it but Paraguay has decided to not increase any of its tariffs; this goes against the regional tide where Brazil has increased tariffs in some 300 items and well we don't need to mention Argentina. Actually Paraguay is looking at further cutting back import restrictions.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 04:10 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    The “word” for Paraguay. Stay away from mercosur. A federation of dictatorships. Go with the Pacific Alliance!

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 04:58 pm 0
  • LightThink

    Mercosur is only an economic organization not political regimes organization.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 05:16 pm 0
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