Wednesday, November 28th 2012 - 16:03 UTC

Brazil contrary to lifting suspension of Paraguay from Unasur until April

Brazilian Executive special advisor on International Affairs, Marco Aurelio Garcia anticipated that at the coming summit in Lima, the Union of South American Nations, Unasur, would not lift the suspension on Paraguay which will hold until April’s election.

Advisor Garcia insists the timetable must be respected

Garcia made the comment on the sides of the annual conference of the Argentine Industrial Union, UIA, currently taking place in Argentina with the participation of presidents Cristina Fernandez and Dilma Rousseff.

On Friday Unasur presidents are scheduled to meet in Lima where among other issues the leaders will consider a report on the Paraguayan political and electoral situation compiled by a special mission sent to the country to assess human and civil rights and the process leading to the April 2013 presidential election.

“Things are moving ahead. Unasur is not going to back step with the suspension. A timetable was established and the timetable ends with the elections. We want clean, transparent elections”, said García.

“Of course we want Paraguay back and for that there is a timetable established which is the normalization of the democratic process and this means elections”, underlined the Brazilian diplomat.

Last June Paraguay was suspended from Mercosur and Unasur, but not from OAS (Organization of American States) following a political impeachment by the Paraguayan senate that removed Fernando Lugo and replaced him with Federico Franco. However the legitimacy of the controversial event was questioned by Unasur and Mercosur.

In related news Paraguay’s Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Antonio Rivas confirmed that Madrid considers the government of President Federico Franco as legal and legitimate. The announcement was made in an official release from the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

“Spanish authorities have said that the process leading to Federico Franco becoming president was in compliance with the Paraguayan Constitution”, said Rivas.

He added that the announcement’s purpose is to finish with the ‘hounding’ of Paraguay in all aspects, although this comes after the recent the Ibero-American summit in Cadiz to which Paraguay was un-invited, following pressures from several Unasur members.

“Let’s hope they stop excluding us from the meetings and we are treated as full participants as the rest of the countries”, added Rivas.
 

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1 Idlehands (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 04:15 pm Report abuse
“the legitimacy of the controversial event was questioned by Unasur and Mercosur”

It's just a bad joke. How legitimate was it to incorporate Venezuela into the bloc within weeks of this suspension. South Americans treat the rest of the world as if they are stupid.

It will be fun to see if Argentina is suspended should its people ever pluck up the courage to kick her out.
2 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 04:45 pm Report abuse
What makes mercosur a joke is being able to bring someone in when a founding member is suspended. Mercosur and Unasur a “feel good” clubs for south america that is meaningless to the world. SA needs to wake up and realize there is only one world
3 Condorito (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 05:06 pm Report abuse
“South Americans treat the rest of the world as if they are stupid.”

- I would take issue with that.

“It will be fun to see if Argentina is suspended should its people ever pluck up the courage to kick her out.”

- That would depend on if the next Argie leader fits with Brazil’s long term plans for the future of the continent.
Mercosur: 4 or 5 small countries all wanting in on the 200 million people market next door. There is no mistaking who is calling the shots.
4 Conqueror (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 05:07 pm Report abuse
At what point in time did it become appropriate for a “trade organisation” to interfere in the internal affairs of a member state? Can Brazil feel no shame? Still, an excellent reason to continue to oppose any agreements between the EU and this illegitimate organisation (mercosur). As for unasur, a perfect demonstration of its lack of credibility. Worth noting that this was supposed to continue the “ideals” of Simon Bolivar. Bolívar never accomplished his objectives and at the time of his death had become an unpopular figure due to authoritarian attempts at the establishment of strong, centralized governments in the countries he had led to independence. Nothing changes.
5 Anbar (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 05:39 pm Report abuse
“”“”“- That would depend on if the next Argie leader fits with Brazil’s long term plans for the future of the continent.
Mercosur: 4 or 5 small countries all wanting in on the 200 million people market next door. There is no mistaking who is calling the shots.”“””

QFT

Brazil is the regional puppeteer, without any doubts.
6 Condorito (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 06:06 pm Report abuse
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
7 ProRG_American (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 07:03 pm Report abuse
“Libertad cannot be embargoed”, says IMO in London.

www.telam.com.ar/nota/45400/
8 briton (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 07:09 pm Report abuse
why cant they just leave them alone.
9 ljordao (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 07:39 pm Report abuse
@7:

What a sorry lot Argentinians are! They can present many good arguments for the preservation of Libertad, but none for the preservation of liberty.
10 ProRG_American (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 09:12 pm Report abuse
9 ljordao (#)
“What a sorry lot Argentinians are! They can present many good arguments for the preservation of Libertad, but none for the preservation of liberty.”
Whats the matter, you don't know what to say.
Liberty is what abounds in South America today my friend. Freedom of the press is about to make a big score on December 7th.
11 Burn1938 (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 09:29 pm Report abuse
One wonders who actually controls or runs foreign affairs . This unpleasant character or the Foreign Minister ? Anyway the President will not attend the meeting so who cares what he opines !
12 cornelius (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 09:57 pm Report abuse
well take a look at the presidents of unasur and mercosur at one point they were all terrorist and they still use the same tactics today the Bolivarian presidents have no regard for the rule of law.
13 ljordao (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 12:07 am Report abuse
@10:

Either you have adopted a bizarre definition of liberty or you are a useful idiot. Liberty has always been scarce and fragile in South America, whose history features nobody even remotely comparable to the founding fathers. Besides, the little amount of it that one day by pure accident appeared in Argentina is quickly disappearing.
14 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 12:42 am Report abuse
Brazil is very right here, no concessions to coups...
15 BAMF Paraguay (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 02:40 am Report abuse
And Paraguay is expecting over 9% growth for 2013...that should be one of the largest growth rates in the world. Seems like Paraguay will be just fine with or without the acceptance of these other countries. Already Paraguay exports more beef than Argentina and pretty much every industry is kicking ass. Even cars will be manufactured here, which is kinda funny but still awesome.

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