Saturday, December 1st 2012 - 07:07 UTC

Paraguay blasts Unasur summit decision confirming suspension until April 2013

Paraguay complained bitterly Unasur (Union of South American Nations) decision to confirm the suspension of the country from the group until next April 2013 when elections are scheduled. The decision was described as a ‘systematic persecution’ and ‘interventionism’ of Paraguay, which is contrary to basic principles enshrined in the UN charter.

 Family picture of presidents and representatives at the Unasur summit in Lima

The Foreign ministry in a release late Friday recalls that the Unasur suspension of Paraguay from the group dated June 29 specifies no timetable and suggests this last decision could be the result of ‘some secret instrument’ which has not been made public.

Thus “since the suspension resolution does not specify a time limit, --be it for some sort of secret instrument--, Paraguay rejects and does not accept the Unasur summit decision which it considers illegal, illegitimate and juridical baseless”.

This way “Unasur systematic persecution of Paraguay constitutes a new form of interventionism which contradicts the principles enshrined in the UN Charter and the norms and principles which rule peaceful relations among States. Such a measure does not have a juridical or moral base”, emphasizes the Paraguayan release.

Finally faced with this situation, Paraguay has decided to discredit the Unasur observers’ mission as participants and arbiters for the coming general election since they do comply with the necessary impartiality conditions.

Nevertheless Unasur can participate, if it wishes as guest of people or groups with which it has affinity and “who don’t feel uncomfortable and even applaud the undermining of our national sovereignty”.

Paraguay is particularly bitter because earlier in the week it received the visit from Unasur High Level Group head, Salomon Lerner who after holding a raft of meetings with different political and social groups as well as with the Electoral Tribunal of Justice said he was leaving with a ‘positive attitude” and convinced the electoral process was “on the right track”.

Given the strained relations between Paraguay and Unasur, the former Peruvian Prime Minister was not officially invited by the Paraguayan government but had no restrictions on his contacts which also included lawmakers from all parties and the Electoral Justice.

Lerner was responsible for the report on the political and electoral situation in Paraguay that was presented to Unasur leaders and Foreign ministers at the two-day summit in Lima which ended on Friday.

However Brazil’s Executive advisor on foreign affairs Marco Aurelio Garcia had anticipated that the suspension would last until April 2013 elections, a position also shared by Argentina.

Finally it must be said that contrary to Unasur and Mercosur, the Organization of American States could not agree on imposing sanctions on Paraguay for the controversial removal last June of Fernando Lugo and his replacement by Federico Lugo following an impeachment by the Senate approved by an overwhelming majority.

Although the impeachment followed strictly the procedure established in the Paraguayan constitution, Unasur and Mercosur considered that there had been ‘a rupture of the democratic process’ and decided the suspension.

An OAS in situ fact finding mission did not arrive to that conclusion.

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1 Britworker (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 09:09 am Report abuse
Paraguay, when will you learn that you can be part of this club when you are prepared to leave your independent thoughts at the door.
2 Forgetit87 (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 11:19 am Report abuse
Says the guy whose country invaded Iraq!

Have a look at your country's shameless history, recent and past, before you lecture us South Americans about respect for sovereignty. If we were nearly as insane as Britain, we'd be invading Paraguay to install our version of democracy and call it 'freedom'.
3 ChrisR (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 11:42 am Report abuse
2 Forgetit87

Geof said you were getting more irascible with every post, I thought you were dead.

Anyway, this bunch of tossers managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory: this was the ideal opportunity to overturn the despicable judgement on Paraguay.

They must be shit scared of having the same done to them: the removal by constitutional means of dead-beat, corrupt, ‘his flock’ shagging presidents.

I don’t think TMBOA will face that end. With a bit of luck she will face the working end of a pistol or rifle and the sooner the better.
4 redpoll (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 11:53 am Report abuse
Forget it. Clouding the issue again with Iraq? You did invade Paraguay in the War of the Triple Alliance, stole a large portion of thier terrretory and implanted your colonist squatters on it where they remain to this day
5 Conqueror (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:19 pm Report abuse
@2 Forgotten. Most of South America has NOTHING to be proud of. Starting with your invasion, conquest and murder of millions of indigenous people. How do you feel about walking over all that blood and bones? For four HUNDRED years from 1492 to 1898. How does it feel to be responsible for the destruction of the Inca Empire and the enslavement of its people? Remember the excuse of “religion”? What were the methods? How many did you kill that way? And then you decided to try killing each other. Haven't succeeded yet, but there's plenty of time. Along the way you came up with some really dozy ideas that the rest of the world doesn't recognise. Like “diplomatic asylum” and your own local interpretation of “uti possidetis”. And the REALLY dozy idea that things are a certain way because you say they are! Which will come first? Education or destruction?
6 redpoll (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 03:35 pm Report abuse
Forget Forgot the Paraguayan War didnt you? I am sure the present inhabitants of the land taken from Paraguay today consider themselves Argentine and would object to being handed over to Paraguay almost as much as the Falklanders would object to being assimilated into Argentina
7 Anbar (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 06:12 pm Report abuse
Somebody wipe the spittle off Conqueror's chin again will they..?


“”“” The decision was described as a ‘systematic persecution’ and ‘interventionism’ of Paraguay, which is contrary to basic principles enshrined in the UN charter.“”“””

wow, a delegation led by Argentina screws over a UN basic principle... that's a shocker...

Paraguay must learn that if it wants to join the club then it needs to toe the line and do exactly as it is told, when it is told.
8 Forgetit87 (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 12:58 am Report abuse
Look at how mad those bitches get when you throw some truths about their country to their face. Mad and verbose. Got better stuff to do than read your diatribes.
9 Think (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 09:21 am Report abuse
(4) redpoll

You say(to Brazilian Forgetit87)...:
“You did invade Paraguay in the War of the Triple Alliance, stole a large portion of their territory and implanted your colonist squatters on it where they remain to this day”

I say (to you)...:
“YOU” did invade Paraguay“???
”YOU” ???
Is that the version of history you learned at your fine English private school in MVD?
It seems that you are not only British....... but also Blanco.....

I link to a quite good article about the TRIPLE (Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay) Alliance War against Paraguay that even a Ginger Yoruga Curepa will find easy to understand :-)

“En 2007, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner elogió en un discurso público a Francisco Solano López, calificando a la Triple Alianza como una triple traición a los intereses de Latinoamérica frente a los imperialismos.......”
10 Shed-time (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 12:56 pm Report abuse
The one good thing about this group of pathological larcenists is that they only really have themselves to steal things from, keeping them in a state of perpetual lawlessness and poverty.

Kind of bizarre to see Guyana signing up to all this nonsense, given that Venezuela wants to steal half of their country, just because they feel like it. Keep waving Guyana, it's not going to stop them.
11 cornelius (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 01:21 pm Report abuse
@#10 Correct and furthermore their aim is to create dependency and misery which is the way to perpetuate themselves in power crating populous dictatorships the rule of the masses.
12 Shed-time (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 01:32 pm Report abuse
@11 Sure, and one way to keep people supposedly happy in poverty is to put it all in a cultish wrapper. Following KFC's remarks about the catholic bishops, it is quite clear that Nestoranity is now the state religion of Argentina. Venezeula has it's own version, no doubt.

They basically all think that Nestor isn't dead, he just went to join Uncle Adolf in 'las malvinas', which is where Maximo will lead them to, out of the judicial slavery of the USA.

Then they all wave goonishly pretending that they care about democracy and distribution of wealth.
13 stick up your junta (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 01:47 pm Report abuse
Have a look at your country's shameless history, recent and past, before you lecture us South Americans about respect for sovereignty. If we were nearly as insane as Britain, we'd be invading Paraguay to install our version of democracy and call it 'freedom'.

Brazil is far too busy to invade anybody
Random killings in World Cup city of São Paulo blamed on police
14 Shed-time (#) Dec 02nd, 2012 - 08:16 pm Report abuse
are the people in the photo waving or doing nazi salutes? because we know that the kirchnerist new-model is based upon hitlerism, and they all seem to agree about argentinas need for lebensraum.

So, they're saluting? no?
15 ProRG_American (#) Dec 03rd, 2012 - 05:45 am Report abuse
Go to Church and cry! Mercosur, ever so firm, aver so united.
16 toooldtodieyoung (#) Dec 03rd, 2012 - 07:22 am Report abuse
15 ProRG_American

“Paraguay blasts Unasur summit decision confirming suspension until April 2013”

Ever so united.......................sure they are..................

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