Wednesday, December 5th 2012 - 19:02 UTC

Paraguay furious with Brazil for confirming Unasur suspension until August 2013

Paraguay declared “entirely unacceptable” statements from Brazilian Foreign minister Antonio Patriota who said that the April 2013 elections are “only an important step to re-examine” the country’s suspension from Unasur and Mercosur. Patriota’s statement was supported by Argentina.

Minister Fernandez Estigarribia: “entirely unacceptable” for Paraguayan sovereignty

“Brazil’s Foreign minister Antonio Patriota argues that even after April, even when elections are impeccable, Unasur observation of Paraguay will continue and this is entirely unacceptable for any sovereign country”, said Paraguayan Foreign minister Jose Felix Fernandez Estigarribia in reference to his peer’s statement last week in Lima at the Unasur leaders’ summit.

Following the summit the head of Brazilian diplomacy said it was ‘important’ that the block ‘accompanies’ the Paraguayan electoral process ahead of the April 2013 elections thus inferring that even so Unasur would not lift the suspension on Paraguay decided last June at the Mercosur summit in Argentina.

Patriota argued that “there was a decision adopted at ministerial level and homologated by the heads of state in establishing that Unasur should accompany the electoral process under the coordination of the Foreign ministers council”.

He added that this way “the full re-incorporation of Paraguay could be achieved based on the confirmation that full democracy was re-established in the country”.

Fernandez Estigarribia also pointed out that it was rather odd that well before the report from the High Level group envoy Salomon Lerner on the Paraguayan situation was made public, the Brazilian advisor on international affairs Marco Aurelio Garcia anticipated that Unasur would not back step in the suspension of Paraguay from that block until the elections were held next April.

“If significant spokespersons for the South American group already were announcing what measures would be taken regarding Paraguay, what was the use of the report”, emphasised the Paraguayan official.

Apparently and according to reliable Argentine diplomatic sources “the elections are not the end of the story, and are not either the only condition to reconsider the return of Paraguay to the democratic path. There are other steps such as the fact that the elected president effectively takes office, something which under Paraguayan law does not take place until August. Only then will the electoral circle definitively be closed”

Minister Fernandez Estigarribia underlined that the Unasur High Level envoy to follow the Paraguayan situation and write a report on the issue, former Peruvian Prime Minister “moved around the whole country” and apparently made a positive report, but nevertheless the leaders in Lima only confirmed the suspension.

“Lerner met with whoever he wished in the country and the government set no obstacles to his movements, rather the contrary, and before leaving the country he made some statements that seemed highly positive which were reported by the local and international media, but the report remains secret. I don’t know what was said or happened in Lima nor does the Paraguayan or international media; something smells fishy and is failing in this entire incident”, concluded the Paraguayan minister.

Paraguay was suspended from Mercosur and Unasur last June following the Senate impeachment of Fenando Lugo who was removed and replaced by President Federico Franco. Even when the impeachment was overwhelming and done according to constitutional rule, the two regional groups stated there had been a “rupture of the democratic process” and suspended Paraguay until the next election April 2013.

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1 briton (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 07:35 pm Report abuse
why not just pull out and start your very own group of free trading nations.
2 Shed-time (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 07:43 pm Report abuse
Why the hell would anyone want anything to do with Mercosur, a place where corruption is rife and totalitarian regimes are called democracies?
3 Pugol-H (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 08:00 pm Report abuse
Easy enough to see what they are doing to Paraguay, however I still cannot fathom any reason as to why they are doing this to Paraguay.
4 ProRG_American (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 08:24 pm Report abuse
This is the same treatment they would get from the rest of the Democratic world even if Mercosur did not exist. Who would they complain to then, the Unaligned movement?
5 Pugol-H (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 09:05 pm Report abuse
You talk complete Bollox.
6 redpoll (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
@3 P araguay is a convenirnt whipping boy just like ths Falklands to deflect internal failings of the respective govts. Not so long ago Argentina had three ( or was it four presidents in a week. I lost count in the end) Did we a have a faint squeak from the other members of Mercosur about coups and undemocratic processes? Well if there was it was very muted. But the Presidential helo was certainly busy that week
7 Pugol-H (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 09:20 pm Report abuse
Looks to me like some South American presidents didn’t like the idea that a President could be got rid of so easily and quickly. Seems to have frightened them.
8 redpoll (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 11:20 pm Report abuse
Oh we now how to get of presidents in this country. Strangely enough its called the ballot box. That doesnt rule out palace revolutions within the presidents party for whom the majority also voted for which is what happened in Paraguay. Most politicians the world over are crooks,but for all its failings its the best system we have. Nobody wants to see the caudillo dictatorships back again. Unfortunately some politicos get so drunk with power that they become virtual dictators and we all know who they are
9 Britworker (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 11:24 pm Report abuse
I don't think becoming more democratic will endear Paraguay back to Mercosur or Unasur. What they want is another Bolivarian stooge at the helm and i'm afraid until they get it, Paraguay may find itself out in the cold for some time
10 redpoll (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 12:18 am Report abuse
Yes and all these suggestions about Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile teaming up together are just pipe dreams. In the lands that surround us there be goblins, not to mention trolls who will impede any trade between us. Difficult isnt it?
11 cornelius (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 11:01 am Report abuse
Latin America is following the path of left wing despots.
12 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 03:54 pm Report abuse
Yup, Pugol #7 ... pour encourager les autres.
13 cornelius (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 12:29 am Report abuse
The Bolivarian countries will be declared a terrorist organization by the US there is a bill in the US congress for next year we are lobbying for that bill.

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