Friday, October 26th 2012 - 06:53 UTC

Mercosur and Unasur ‘need’ Paraguay; ‘other interests’ created current situation

The Organization of American States, OAS special envoy said on Thursday that Mercosur and Unasur ‘need’ Paraguay and the suspension of the country from the two organizations can be tracked to other interests unrelated to those events.

OAS envoy Biehl del Rio meets Paraguayan officials

“There is no doubt that many of the solutions referred to Paraguay were decided based on other interests of the countries involved and which had little to do with what really happened here in Paraguay”, said envoy John Biehl del Rio who is also a political advisor to OAS secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza.

He added that “many countries are beginning to understand this situation. Paraguay is missing and is needed in the international community, it must return”.

Biehl del Rio is heading a mission opening ground for the observers that OAS will be sending to the 21 April 2013 presidential election when Federico Franco, who replaced removed Fernando Lugo will be stepping down.

The delegation met with Foreign minister Jose Felix Fernandez Estigarribia, representatives from political parties and with Electoral Justice Superior Tribunal. On Friday they will be working with the electoral authorities on preparations for the coming April event.

In a brief exchange with the media Biehl del Rio described the Paraguayan political crisis of last June as “a bump in the road” adding that the reaction from the neighbours “for many probably was unfair and looking into other interests”.

Without mentioning any country, the OAS advisor said that “Unasur needs Paraguay and this is felt and known, and probably is also true for Mercosur”.

If Mercosur “wants to strengthen, to be able to solve its problems, it will understand that dialogue, cooperation and understanding is what makes countries great, and this can’t be done to Paraguay”.

Biehl del Rio also praised the openness and sincerity of discussions with the Paraguayan political parties that have accepted “a dialogue forum which OAS wants to organize parallel to the election observers’ mission and that will address four or five state policy issues such as security and land distribution.

Precisely the distribution of land is behind the removal of Lugo, decided last June in an impeachment by the Senate in which almost all parties and almost unanimously agreed that the president was incompetent in the performance of his duties.

In reference to what was discussed with political parties’ representatives, the OAS advisor said that great challenge for the Paraguayan congress was not to dissent but to agree, and admitted that the political system has shown willingness to take what happened as “a challenge to improve democracy”.

Finally Biehl del Rio also praised the Electoral tribunal saying they have in the past organized elections ‘with no mistakes’ and announced that 90 observers will be sent in April together with those from the Carter Foundation and the EU.

The Paraguayan Electoral tribunal has also decided to invite members of its peers from Unasur country members to participate in the observation of the elections.

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1 Think (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 07:02 am Report abuse
For the moment being......, Mercosur needs Paraguay as much as I need a festering furuncle in my buttocks......
2 rylang23 (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 10:03 am Report abuse
@ #1 Agreed! . I think that Sr. del Rio must be a Special Envoy for Monsanto. It is apparent that the OAS now endorses Coup d'etat as a method of governance.
3 Burn1938 (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 11:27 am Report abuse
At long last somebody saying something sensible .
4 Guzz (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 12:15 pm Report abuse
“Mercosur and Unasur ‘need’ Paraguay; ‘other interests’ created current situation”

Exchange Paraguay for Venezuela is that phrase...
5 Conqueror (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 12:18 pm Report abuse
Well, it's certainly true that Think needs a festering furuncle in his buttocks. It would make a pair with the one under his nose. Let's consider use of the phrase “coup d'etat”. “the sudden, illegal deposition of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to depose the extant government and replace it with another body, civil or military.” Strangely, it appears that no “government” was deposed in Paraguay. Just an incompetent president. And it may have been sudden, but it wasn't illegal. It was, in fact, scrupulously in accordance with the Paraguayan constitution. argies won't be able to comprehend this as they pay no attention to their own “constitution” preferring to rely on the decrees of their dictator...sorry, “president”. Said president is undoubtedly more corrupt than Lugo had a chance to be. But then she's been doing it longer. Neither was the action carried out by “a small group of the existing state establishment” but by the overwhelming majority. But, of course, there was no “breakdown in the democratic order” in Paraguay, that was simply the unbelievable excuse put out by CFK & co in order to create a situation where they could illegally “incorporate” Venezuela. Apart from Paraguay, was there ever any “democratic order” in mercosur. Of course not. CFK doesn't know what the word means and Mujica only knows how to be bullied and coerced. Of course, argies have to lie, even to themselves. If they were ever to force themselves to contemplate the reality, they'd have to top themselves from shame. So many words that can't be used in the same sentence as “argies”. “Honesty”, “honour”, “responsibility”, “truth” spring to mind!
6 Uruguayan_And_Proud (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 04:40 pm Report abuse
Uruguay, please rid yourselfs from this group. You do not need them, and they are becoming more corrupt day by day. Join groups that show some promise, just like this one did before it became what it is today. For the better of your economy, stop listening to the like of CFK and such, and listen to your own people.
7 ChrisR (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 07:59 pm Report abuse
6 Uruguayan_And_Proud

I agree entirely.
8 Guzz (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 08:02 pm Report abuse
Not “our”?
Stop telling us what to do and go use some sterlings, like the good boy you are.
9 Burn1938 (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 08:12 pm Report abuse
5. Well done . Could not have put it better myself . A Coup ? Look at Lugo . Of to Brazil to see Lula . Off to Buenos Aires to see Kirchner . Yesterday made a speech in the interor .
10 Uruguayan_And_Proud (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
your or our, it doesn`t matter. and i`m only saying what is best for OUR(happy?)country. Staying in these groups is ridiculous and pointless. These groups are corrupt, and were only good for when they were made. We need to join groups that show better promise and benefit than these, who show little at all. If you do not know this than you are blinded, blinded by corruption and stupidity.
11 Guzz (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 09:29 pm Report abuse
Was it Lacalle that formed this group together with... Menem? Who was the Brazilian guy... Collor de Mello, yes... You are a bitter rosadito, aren't you? No corruption there, no Peiranos, no nothing, right? Cheers for Mercosur, now sit back and enjoy the ride ;)
12 Uruguayan_And_Proud (#) Oct 26th, 2012 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
Like i said, blinded by corruption and stupidity. Mercosur is not useful anymore. They were when they were created, but now worthless.
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14 British_Kirchnerist (#) Oct 30th, 2012 - 02:23 pm Report abuse
#1-4 Exactly. Paraguay needs Mercosur more than Mercosur needs Paraguay...
15 Investor (#) Oct 31st, 2012 - 02:34 pm Report abuse
Who are the real members of MercoSur ?

It has been pitiful to watch Brazil bully Paraguay in return for commerce with Venezuela. It is not pitiful to watch Argentina behave like a bully. It is to be expected. And nothing is to be expected from Uruguay. But it is a surprise to watch the mighty emerging Brazil behave like a schoolyard bully. Brazilian diplomats know better.

Grown ups are not impressed by teenagers beating up children.

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