Friday, November 30th 2012 - 06:39 UTC

Unasur summit will address Paraguay situation; Brazil and Argentina absent

The Union of South American Nations, Unasur leaders meet on Friday in Peru to consider advances to the integration process and a report on the political and electoral situation in Paraguay, which remains suspended from the group since last June.

President Humala will chair the meeting

Humala welcome Unasur delegation at Hotel Swissotel last night (Photo: Pres. Peru)

The VI ordinary meeting of the Heads of State and Government council will be chaired by President Ollanta Humala and will include Bolivian president Evo Morales, Chile’s Sebastian Piñera, Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, Guyana Donald Ramotar, Surinam Desiré Delano and Uruguay’s Jose Mujica.

Hugo Chavez from Venezuela will be absent since he is in Cuba for continued cancer treatment; Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff has a full agenda of domestic affairs and Cristina Fernandez at last moment reported she is not travelling on medical reasons, apparently suffering from low back pain, a variant of sciatica. Paraguay is suspended and will not be represented.

During the one day meeting the leaders will debate the Regional Peace, Security and Cooperation Protocol which pretends to strengthen mutual confidence in bilateral and multilateral relations, plus the report from the High Level Group on the Paraguayan situation.

Unasur and Mercosur last June suspended Paraguay from the group following what was described as a “democratic rupture”, when Fernando Lugo was impeached by the Senate and replaced by Federico Franco.

The head of the High Level Group Salomón Lerner visited Paraguay last week and although he was not received by officials from the Executive he did meet with lawmakers, political parties, the Electoral Tribunal of Justice and other organizations. The former Peruvian Prime minister said he expected Paraguay to invite Unasur observers to the April 2013 elections. However the Electoral tribunal did extend a personal invitation to Lerner.

The administration of President Franco believes Unasur has gone too far with the political exclusion of Paraguay which has been extended to economic, social and technical forums including the Mercosur Parliament. Franco described the attitude as a “persecution crusade” which pretends to coerce Paraguay’ sovereignty and restrict the country’s full sovereign rights.

The Lerner report was anticipated to Unasur Foreign ministers who also met to iron out details of the summit in Lima, and apparently includes recommendations to the leaders on what steps to follow. On leaving Asunción Lerner said he was returning to Peru with a ‘positive impression’ of Paraguay and that things were ‘on the right track’ leading to April’s elections.

Paraguay is hoping for at least a partial lifting of the suspension, but although Colombia, Chile and Peru have normal full relations with the President Franco administration, Brazil’s top advisor on foreign policy Marco Aurelio García said that “sanctions are sanctions” and must be fully complied.

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1 Troy Tempest (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 07:18 am Report abuse
CFK is missing a lot of fun stuff in Peru !

I suppose with all the excitement of Christmas just around the corner, it would have been too much for her.

Oh, and the spectre of that pesky coup, as well.
2 LEPRecon (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 07:53 am Report abuse
Ah she's not going because of low back pain, last time it was low blood pressure.

If she's so ill one wonders why she just doesn't step down.

Obviously without her friends Hugo and Dilma, poor Cristina would be all by herself... and of course at the ILOST Ggana swept the floor with Argentina.

Pity we'll have to wait until Dec 15 for the result.
3 ChrisR (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 09:54 am Report abuse
So the bunch of losers are have to play without the two main girls!
4 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 11:12 am Report abuse
So much for asslips having unasur takeon the “vulture funds”. She is sick because Dilma gave her a verbal ass whipping. Did you read in that other article the Dilma was “relieved” that asslips was ready to work something out with the non restructured bondholders. And she was also non to pleased the asslips was about to push aside a US Court order. I think the chew down from Dilma make her ill.
5 ElaineB (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 12:00 pm Report abuse
CFKC is so flakey. She cancels like it is a hair appointment.

“Oh, and the spectre of that pesky coup, as well.” Yup, the real reason.
6 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 02:34 pm Report abuse
I have never seen someone call out “sick” as much as cuntina kirchner since I was in high school. The smack down from Dilma that argentina should resign itself to dirt farmers must have been too mcuh for her to
7 Brit Bob (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 03:05 pm Report abuse
She's not well, it's so, soooo sad
8 GeoffWard2 (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 04:16 pm Report abuse
It makes sense - in Unasur's terms - to have the big-bears absent until Hugo can return and take hold of the reins again.

'Staying away' is a dangerous strategy for CFK, however;
Unasur could have gained a taste for exclusions now they see how easy it is
... Argentina might be voted out of South America!
9 ChrisR (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 04:32 pm Report abuse
2 Huntsman Extraordinaire

Well we can but hope that wish comes true.

But looking at the photo, the two at this end are biting their fingernails and the woman on the top table in the white jacket is as far away from the man as she can get.

Have they got a pair of balls between them?
10 briton (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
Kimosabe. The Lone Ranger , and... Tonto

Did not attend,
How surprising.??
11 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 09:06 pm Report abuse
Dilma because it does not matter to her and Asslips Kirchner becasue she was bitch slapped and embarrassed by Kirchner is sick a lot do to her own actions.
12 Brasileiro (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 09:25 pm Report abuse
South América is ONE! The problem is Brazil and Argentina. Our relations, our history, our lifes. So, Brazil and Argentina should to the resolution our problems, before the “conquest” South América and Meridional Africa and Oceania!
13 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 09:25 pm Report abuse
Get well soon ma'am, thinking of you =( At least we can be sure the meeting will take a good anti-coup liner on Paraguay, so Cristinita will be there in spirit as none have done more to defend Paraguayan democracy since July =)

#2 I'll tell you why she won't step down, because she's the best there is and Argentina is lucky to have such a great leader!

#4 They still will take on the vultures! And with Dilma's support =)

#5 Ma'am is not flaky, but if she wants to cancel a routine meeting like this as if it was a hair appointment, why not? Btw she can't be cancelling many hair and beauty appointments as she looks amazing =)
14 Brasileiro (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
Our commom lifes and history. Our father, our brother, ourselves.
15 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:06 am Report abuse
Dilma will help as long as argentina takes on the submissive role of farming as Dimla put it......

What a horny RG troll bk
16 Britworker (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 08:42 pm Report abuse
Well you better help them out cos unless you have heard they are currently the capital P in PIGS.

Oh you have got some serious problems mate!

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