Wednesday, October 10th 2012 - 09:47 UTC

Paraguay ratifies it rejects point blank Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur

President Federico Franco ratified on Monday before the Diplomatic Corps that Paraguay rejects point blank the incorporation of Venezuela as full member of Mercosur and also considers the country was unfairly treated by the block.

President Franco (R) with the diplomatic corps at the Holy See embassy (Photo: EFE)

The announcement was done at the Holy See (or Vatican embassy) in Asuncion during lunch organized by Monsignor Antonio Ariotti dean of the Diplomatic Corps, who had also invited the Mercosur and Unasur diplomats who finally did not turn up to the meeting.

But another twenty ambassadors did turn up including those from the US, Mexico, Central America, European Union, Asia and multilateral organizations. Also attending was Paraguayan Foreign minister Jose Felix Fernandez Estigarribia who met with the press to inform on the event

“I imagine they were invited but they did not wish to attend”, said Minister Fernandez Estigarribia when asked about the absence of South American diplomats.

The minister added that “ambassadors are well aware and appreciate the standing dialogue willingness of the Paraguayan government”. The statement was in reply to whether the diplomats that shared the event at the Vatican embassy had offered some kind of mediation in the conflict with Mercosur and Unasur.

Paraguay was suspended from Mercosur and Unasur until April next year following the June impeachment by the Senate that removed Fernando Lugo from the presidency and had him replaced with Federico Franco. April 2013 presidential elections are scheduled.

Asked if Paraguay was conditioning its return to Mercosur Fernandez Estigarribia indicated “I would say that what Paraguay is asking for, first of all is dialogue and finding a way to put some order in Mercosur which is not going through its best moment, taking into account that one of its members has been sanctioned without having the chance to make discharges”.

Asked about the re-election of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the Paraguayan official said that “our position is that unfair measures were implemented on Paraguay and we do not accept the incorporation of Venezuela. Likewise we do not make statements on the internal affairs of other countries”.

Fernandez Estigarribia added that “we hope the government of Venezuela understands it has made a mistake with Paraguay” and confirmed President Franco did not phone Chavez to congratulate him on his victory.

Finally asked if the Executive was going to send to Congress the Ushuaia II Protocol, the instrument used by Mercosur to sanction Paraguay, the minister said the government would wait to see how the debate on the Unasur protocol evolves, “before deciding on Ushuaia II”.

Ushuaia II empowers Mercosur to impose sanctions or suspend members that have allegedly suffered a “rupture of the democratic process”. The protocol was never considered much less approved by the Paraguayan Senate.

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1 Idlehands (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 10:29 am Report abuse
Look around you Mr Franco. Do you want relations with the nations that turned up or those that didn't bother? Mercosur is now a joke - is it really worth rejoining?
2 Conqueror (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 01:29 pm Report abuse
Well done to Paraguay. Your history has been somewhat difficult, but you do seem to understand democracy. You should turn your back on the tyrannical and dictatorial mercosur. I believe you will be sorry if you don't. How were things before Venezuela? If you rejoin, you will be faced with argieland, Brazil, Venezuela and their impotent lapdog, Uruguay. And how will that be in Paraguay's interests? They sanctioned you for acting in accordance with your constitution to stamp on corruption. Venezuela and argieland are corrupt anyway. If you go with the “new” mercosur, figure out how you are going to get ripped off. Look at who is willing to stand with you and who isn't!
3 ProRG_American (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 04:17 pm Report abuse
The Latin American fascist right and the Catholic Church.... a healthy alliance that transcends time.
4 briton (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 05:41 pm Report abuse
She should gouge a 5 mile wide trench to the sea, fill it in, and trade at sea.
Regardless of what her neighbours have to say.

Just keep out of the rose garden.

Hey it’s just a thought, at least we are trying to help
Unlike hugo the bear.
5 Pugol-H (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 06:03 pm Report abuse
Can’t see how Paraguay can win this argument, but fair play to them for arguing it.
6 briton (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 06:34 pm Report abuse
im orf to lunch.
back later, what.
7 Conqueror (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 06:50 pm Report abuse
@3 The LatAm fascist right murderers and the Catholic Church paedophiles. ProRG must be a bumboy. And liked it!
8 ProRG_American (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 08:25 pm Report abuse
7 Conqueror (#) You totally misunderstand me. Why should I like it. This alliances' purpose is to divide Latin America and halt progressive initiatives. Contrary to my thinking.
9 BAMF Paraguay (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 08:55 pm Report abuse
#4 - Paraguay already has a sea route through the Paraguay River. It functions well enough except that Argentina halts a lot of our products just for the hell of it.

#8 - I find it amazing that you truly believe in communism. How you think through the government you can force others to do as you please is beyond belief? You want a system of slavery. Go join the EPP and get killed along with your communist buddies. Bet you had a huge party celebrating Che too didn't you? Prog, do as you please, but don't try to force others to do as you please.
10 ProRG_American (#) Oct 10th, 2012 - 09:50 pm Report abuse
BAMF PAraguay
You are living a dilussion. Argentina nor any other country is stopping any product from reaching Paraguay.

Who told you that I believe in Communism. Where are the comunists that these scoundrels are supposed to be stopping. I don't care to join the EPP, ERP, FARC, the YMCA, the Boy Scouts, etc. The EPP must excists because you guys created the conditions for it. I suppose that you would be very supportive of South American juntas of the 1970's. Were you actually working a night shift in the torture chambers ofr Stroessner, Pinochet, etc.? You must have felt like it was your time to make history and that the ghosts abound to start all over again. COMMUNISTS, COMMUNISTS, I SEE COMMUNISTS EVERYWHEREEEE! STOP THEM. THEY MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS!!! STOP THEM BEFORE THEY INTRUDE WITH OUR FREEDOMS OF RELIGION AND SPEECH! BRING BACK THE TORCHURE CHAMBERS, THE NIGHT RAIDS, WE MUST POUND THEM GAINST THE GROUND AND SPIT ON THEM!
11 BAMF Paraguay (#) Oct 11th, 2012 - 12:22 am Report abuse
you are crazy....
12 lukeweyland (#) Oct 11th, 2012 - 12:38 am Report abuse
Since Lugo was deposed, Paraguay is out of Mercosur Venezuela is in.

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