Saturday, November 24th 2012 - 15:42 UTC

Unasur envoy leaves with “a good impression” of the Paraguay electoral process

Unasur special envoy Salomon Lerner said he returns to Peru with “a good impression” of the Paraguayan electoral process and the overall situation of the country.

 Salomon Lerner met Paraguayan leaders and gave a press conference at the end of his visit to Asuncion

Paraguay is currently suspended from Unasur and Mercosur (until April’s presidential election) because of the political controversy last June when Fernando Lugo was removed from the presidency following an impeachment by the Senate which had an overwhelming support. However the two regional groupings described the removal as a “rupture of the democratic process” and imposed the suspension.

Speaking with the media after his two-day fact finding in situ mission the former Peruvian Prime Minister acknowledged that President Federico Franco effectively is in full exercise of the Executive.

“I see the situation with optimism, with the electoral calendar being complied with total normality and on schedule”, said the president of the Unasur High Level Group on Paraguay who also made it a point to congratulate members of Paraguay’s Superior Electoral Tribunal, TSJE, because they have control of the logistics and technicalities of the balloting.

“I congratulate the willingness expressed by the Electoral Justice Tribunal that is open to listen to suggestions in the coming months ahead of the election”, said Lerner adding “this ensures trust and optimism and means the Electoral Justice Tribunal are on the right course and will obtain their objective”.

However when asked about the electoral process guarantees Lerner did not risk an opinion. “I can’t say there are guarantees because I am not involved in the process and I’m not an expert. I’m saying that the report from the Tribunal makes us think that all has been planned for the good ending we are all expecting”.

When asked about the parameters he applied to measure the ‘quality’ of democracy in Paraguay, Lerner replied he does not have a “democracy measuring meter”, but he underlined that “my impression is that there are sectors that have pointed out to some flaws regarding human rights, and I was told there was a serious police repression last night in front of the Prosecutor’s office, but I thing they are anecdotes”

“Overall I leave with a very positive impression. There is a timetable that is being complied”, but Lerner said he could not predict the attitude of Unasur once they have read his report.

“The report seeks to give Foreign ministers a light on the issue so that they can make an electoral observation and this turns out into a path, an opening, a key, a tool, however you wish to call it and Unasur can begin the process of reincorporating Paraguay to the group of democratic nations”, said the Peruvian diplomat.

Unasur leaders are scheduled to meet next week in Lima, Peru and precisely one of the issues in the agenda in the Paraguay situation.

Regarding the hypothesis that Paraguay must remain outside of Mercosur so that Venezuela can stay in the block, Lerner preferred not get involved in the issue because “Peru pretended or believed that it should have been done through the regional convergence of the Community of Andean Nations and not directly through Mercosur”.

In effect the remaining three full members of Mercosur taking advantage of the suspension of Paraguay decided the full incorporation of Venezuela, an issue that had been delayed since 2006 because the Paraguayan Senate would not accept or approve Chavez ‘democratic methods’.

Lerner arrived in Paraguay for his fact finding non official mission as a simple visitor although with an agenda of scheduled interviews and appointments. The Paraguayan government did not extend him an invitation given the current tense situation.

Furthermore the Paraguayan Foreign ministry in a release condemned Paraguay’s exclusion from different political, economic, social and technical forums describing it as a “persecution crusade” from Unasur member states.

“Paraguay condemns the fact that Unasur governments maintain and reinforce this ‘persecution crusade’ in regional and international organizations and forums” said the release “despite all the efforts from Paraguay to reach an understanding”.

These political and economic measures are clearly geared to coerce Paraguay and restrict its full exercise of sovereign rights in detriment of International Law, adds the Paraguayan government.

“This Unasur attitude of systematic persecution of Paraguay, only in its type, is openly contrary to International Law, the UN charter and the norms and principles that rule peaceful relations among states such is the non intervention, self determination and juridical equality of all States” emphasizes the release.

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1 reality check (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 06:02 pm Report abuse
Must be a bit galling for someone to visit you and go back and “Report” how you are governing yourselfs. Especially as some of the people he is “Reporting” to, do not have much to brag about in that respect.
2 ChrisR (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 06:31 pm Report abuse

Yes, I would be thrilled to bits. :o)
3 briton (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 08:25 pm Report abuse
a good impression
Magicians may give a good impression.
Don’t make any better does it.
4 LightThink (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 08:39 pm Report abuse
All Latin American countries should never forget the International Law basic principles (especially UN article 38 of UCJ) where in below article explained openly and honestly..
5 reality check (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 08:45 pm Report abuse
Enlighten me Light think. Did or did not the Paraguayans act within their laws and their constitution? because judging by the lack of International condemnation, I and by that, I mean me, was assuning they did?

So explain please, in simple terms, just exactly what has Paraguay done that could be considered undemocratic?
6 LightThink (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 08:56 pm Report abuse
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I think the below article has been written the most best kinship explaining of the Paraguay distress and position...
7 reality check (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 09:25 pm Report abuse
Come on Muckkaaa!! I ask you a question about Paraguay and your response is a link to Africa! Call me thick! okay I'm thick, but am I missing something here? By the way, did not open the link, post one about Paraguay and I'll open it.
8 slattzzz (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 10:02 pm Report abuse
fella ref your last on other post try
9 reality check (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 11:08 pm Report abuse
Cheers found just what I wanted! usually gets Man U crap.
10 Ayayay (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 11:13 pm Report abuse
Good to hear!
11 slattzzz (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 12:04 am Report abuse
light tink you are a complete arse aren't you, why the link to africa, the topic is paraguay we're only 12 posts in and your trying to deflect the subject already
12 reality check (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 01:20 am Report abuse
One would have thought and do not qoute me now, but given the unpleasentness in, dare I say it, Ghana. References to Africa would best be avoided!
13 cornelius (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 02:29 am Report abuse
Paraguay the only true democracy in South America other than Chile Colombia and Peru.
14 reality check (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 02:42 am Report abuse
So tell those Unasur twats to fuck off and leave you alone.
15 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 08:27 am Report abuse
Hope he was just being diplomatic, or perhaps optimistic because Franco now won't go all the way to rig the election against the left, but my impression of the Paraguay regime remains not good...
16 cornelius (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 12:03 pm Report abuse
At #16 Argentina is a dictator Venezuela is a dictator Ecuador is a dictator! There is no freedom of the press in Venezuela and Ecuador Argentina is on his way to communism
17 LightThink (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 02:00 pm Report abuse
[ 8.... [ 12

becouse ,Paraguay is the Uganda of South America.

read ThinkPress be more informed.
18 briton (#) Nov 25th, 2012 - 08:22 pm Report abuse
Does Paraguay really need the rest of them,

Cant she choose who to deal with,
Cant she try to form her own group of countries to trade and associate with, like Chile ,
And a few others.
Just a thought.
19 Conqueror (#) Nov 26th, 2012 - 05:35 pm Report abuse
@15 What would a member of the Slimy Necrophiliac Paedophiles know?
@18 Unfortunately, Paraguay is now between a rock and a hard place. Similar to that of Israel. Surrounded by enemies. Except that Israel has access to the sea. I don't know of an “acceptable” solution. Paraguay needs a railway or road to get goods to and from the Pacific. But such a link would be at the mercy of argieland and Bolivia. Air transport for goods would not be viable on a long term basis. The majority of Paraguay's exports are bulk goods. Soybeans, cotton, sugarcane, cassava, sunflowers, wheat, and corn. Also feed, meat, edible oils, wood, and leather.
20 briton (#) Nov 26th, 2012 - 08:30 pm Report abuse
19 I agree with you,

I thought some years ago the UN said that all land lock countries had a /or should have a right to access to the sea,

Perhaps I am wrong in my assumption,

As you say , between a rock and a hard place
Certainly does not help.

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