Saturday, January 26th 2013 - 20:44 UTC

Mercosur/Paraguay controversy reaches EU/CELAC summit in Chile

Chile confirmed that Paraguay finally decided not to attend the EU/CELAC summit in Chile putting an end to a controversy when it emerged that several Mercosur and Unasur members insisted that the landlocked country should not be invited.

Chilean Foreign minister Alfredo Moreno making the official announcement

President Franco said he hopes the EU/CELAC summit will address Paraguay’s case

“Paraguay has decided that given the situation it is undergoing, it has preferred to remain away from Santiago”, informed Chilean Foreign minister (and host) Alfredo Moreno in the framework of the European Union and the Community of Latinamerican and Caribbean states summit taking place over the weekend in Santiago.

However earlier in the week the Paraguayan president Federico Franco stated that “Paraguay had not been invited” to the summit and thus decided not to send representatives. “Paraguay has not been invited. It is regrettable the situation to which Paraguay has been submitted since last June” said President Franco referring to the suspension imposed by Mercosur and Unasur.

“This is an organization (Celac) in which countries have their own right to decide attendance, in such a way that all member countries and which belong to it, including Paraguay have a right to attend”, insisted the Chilean Foreign minister Moreno.

“Paraguay has not been suspended or had any difficulties with CELAC, therefore Paraguay is a member as any other country”, he added.

From Asunción President Franco stated that “here we have a constitutional government and I wish the issue of Paraguay is brought up at the summit and the situation is rectifies”.

Since the removal from office of then president Fernando Lugo, following an overwhelming congressional impeachment last June, based on ‘incompetence for the job’ Paraguay was suspended from Mercosur and Unasur and has since been absent of all regional summits.

Mercosur and Unasur have stated that the suspension will last until next 21 April when presidential elections are scheduled and probably could be extended until August when the new leader takes the oath.

So far the two regional organizations have managed to have Paraguay excluded from the Ibero-American summit in Spain; the meeting in Peru of Latam with Arab countries, and now from CELAC.

But supported by the US, Canada and most OAS (Organization of American States) members, Paraguay managed to impede a similar decision declaring the administration of President Franco unconstitutional. The suspension initiative at OAS level was promoted by Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, plus Nicaragua and Cuba.

Paraguayan officials were also furious because Uruguay, as current chair of Mercosur has said that “we will defend the interests of Paraguay in our meetings with the Europeans because we know the interests of Paraguay”

However the attitude of excluding Paraguay of all major events in Latin America is not limited to the summits.

The head of the Paraguayan delegation before the Mercosur parliament, Alfonso González claims Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela are the masterminds behind the plot to keep Paraguay out of the international scenario.

“In a pitiful impetuous display certain leaders from Mercosur and Unasur headed by Dilma Rousseff (Brazil); Cristina Fernandez (Argentina) and Venezuela (Hugo Chavez) are having a calamitous influence over the continent’s colleagues, which most probably without knowing it, adhere to their initiatives” said Gonzalez in an official release.

Another similar incident was reported by the Paraguayan ambassador in Rome claiming Argentina tried by all means to have Paraguay’s delegation excluded from a FAO technical group meeting.

The incident apparently happened earlier this month at the Latin America and Caribbean Group meeting in the framework of FAO, according to Ambassador Ana Baiardi.

The Argentine objective was to have Paraguay left aside from one of the two vice-presidencies of the group (Peru had the other and Colombia the presidency) arguing that the country had been suspended from Mercosur and Unasur.

Argentina which proposed Paraguay assumes the post after the April election, asked for a vote on the matter, but lost 11 to 1. To add shame to the failed attempt, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela abstained.


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1 briton (#) Jan 26th, 2013 - 08:54 pm Report abuse
you can trade with us,
when we get out own freedom ?? .
2 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Jan 26th, 2013 - 09:44 pm Report abuse
Argentina took territory by force from Paraguay in 1870 ,looks like they want to finish the job by diplomatic trickery ,what is it they say about not interfering in each others internal affairs,oh! and what is they say about the Malvinas/Falklands being taken,and should be returned after 180 years?
Best let sleeping dogs lie.
3 Liberato (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 08:42 am Report abuse
This article, like a photograph, Show exactly the political focus that is supported by this webpage webmasters. Im so sure that 30 years ago, this webpage would had talked about presidents instead of dictators. With the obvious difference that a president is choosen by the people and a dictator is not.
The paraguayan congress that destituted Lugo is full with people who worked for the paraguayan dictatorship 30 years ago. This people expelled a president without respecting his right to a proper defense.
You british 30 years ago, despised the military dictatorships in public but for political reasons you supported them economically, military and sometimes politically. Disgusting.
4 reality check (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 09:07 am Report abuse
Yeah and when they over stepped the bounds of international law, we went to war with them and defeated them at no small cost financially, but more importantly, British lifes. You know better than I, what the consequences would have been had we not done so. What? a stronger junta, who having suceeded in using force once, would probably have done the same again. Against who I wonder? Well who was left, oh that's right, their neighbours.
So do not judge us. If the politics of South America for decades, had been the politics of the military juntas, then that is South Americas fault, not ours, we never interfered and by we I mean the UK.
5 CJvR (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 09:46 am Report abuse
If you wanted even a shred of credibility when complaining about democracy in Paraguay you should at least tell Cuba to shut up.
6 Conqueror (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 12:57 pm Report abuse
@3 Just as a matter of interest, could you clarify your views on the following matters:
1) The various “dealings” in Venezuela that have effectively turned it into a one-party state;
2) The known CFK practices in argieland of buying votes, releasing violent criminals from gaol to take part in her rallies, conducting vendettas against opponents such as the press and unions, funding “muscle” groups such as La Campora and ignoring the constitution except when convenient;
3) Interference in the internal affairs of another state;
4) How Paraguay contravened its own constitution.

Oh, and just let me correct one of your assertions. If you check out the FACTS, you will find that both Hitler and Mussolini were, effectively, elected. And most of latin america is considered to have flawed democracies.
7 Baxter (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 01:12 pm Report abuse
It is sad when a country such as Chile begins to lie . Chile informed Paraguay , in writing , that it was not to attend the meeting . Now they say that Paraguay decided not to attend ! Why , in the name of common sense ,would Paraguay not want to attend ? A great oportunity to meet EU leaders and from the Caribbean , in the case of the Europeans they would not need to apologize for the change of Givernment since all EU members recogize the new Governmemt and accept that it was legal . Was Chile worried that Lady Ashton asked about Paraguay so they lied ?
8 Conqueror (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 01:24 pm Report abuse
@7 What are the grounds for your statement? Not disbelieving, but those first two sentences surely need evidence?
9 Baxter (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 02:20 pm Report abuse
Please refer to our local paper - -pages 12 ,14 , 18 and 61 . I should also add that I personally know the Foreign Minister . Whose only reply
is : líes and more líes !
10 briton (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 07:47 pm Report abuse
Perhaps certain countries in South America, are trying to form some kind of future union,
Disposing of little, uncooperative and unwanted nations first,
Thus giving more power to the few remaining powers, which would grow, and thus remove the next in line,

Perhaps certain countries in south America, would be must happier, if just Argentina, controlled the south, brazil controlled the hub,
And Hugo the bear, control the rest,
Just a thought.
11 Baxter (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 09:51 pm Report abuse
A thought which just may hold a grain of truth .
12 Anglotino (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 09:56 pm Report abuse
“we will defend the interests of Paraguay in our meetings with the Europeans because we know the interests of Paraguay”

Paraguay has become a colony of Mercosur/UNASUR.

I wonder if they can get listed by the C24 as needing decolonisation?
13 puerto argentino (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 11:30 pm Report abuse
Interesting book, Pirates !!should read or at least read this link
Two Sundays ago, we address the legitimacy of ownership British Falklands through the book One Man's Falklands Scottish Tam Dalyell and studies English historian Peter Beck, both based on the voluminous and momentous work of U.S. researcher Jules Goebel The Struggle for the Falkland Islands. interests
14 redpoll (#) Jan 27th, 2013 - 11:33 pm Report abuse
Anglo Paraguay will never be colony. Those b#ggers have fought literally to the last man twice. The lesson has been learnt by the nieghbours- dont mess militarily with the guaranies
15 Anglotino (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 12:23 am Report abuse
@13 PA

Sorry article has nothing to do with the Falklands. Troll your link on the dozen other articles that it might pertain to.

@14 redpoll
When neighbouring countries are dictating your economic policies and managing your foreign affairs with your 'best interests at heart' then for all intents and purposes you have become a protectorate and a modern day colony.

No need for a military invasion. Argentina and Brazil have pretty much got what they wanted.
16 cornelius (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 03:35 am Report abuse
Uhmm let me see Brazil Dilma from the workers party Venezuela communist also Uruguay have a buffoon(ex terrorist) Argentina corrupted(CK with hormones and Botox problems) and going socialist can even borrow money at 4.65 % in the free market ? Paraguay does not need to be in the Mercocrap the international community trust Paraguay more than Argentina.
Brazil monetary policy will lead to high inflation like all the other Bolivarian countries Dilma(Ex Terrorist) will make sure of that she will intervene in the free market by trying to control prices for ideological reasons she is just as stupid as the other Bolivarian menagerie.
Cuba is the most democratic country in the Americas and is invited by the Bolivarian gorillas How screw-up Latam is.

PS: Venezuela violated their constitution the gorilla is nowhere to be seen.
17 Clyde15 (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 06:16 pm Report abuse
Goebels ? Where have I heard that name before ?????????

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