Thursday, June 13th 2013 - 21:56 UTC

Mercosur July 12 summit in Montevideo will confirm return of suspended Paraguay

The next Mercosur summit scheduled for the end of June in Montevideo has been delayed until 12 July, announced Uruguayan Foreign minister Luis Almagro. The new date was agreed by Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela earlier this week.

Minister Almagro made the announcement, and confirmed Mujica will attend Paraguay president elect inauguration

Mercosur headquaters in Montevideo

 The announcement puts an end to speculation that the summit would be postponed until the end of August so that Paraguay, which remains suspended from the trade and customs block, could attend the meeting.

However according to Uruguayan diplomatic sources several presidents “agenda problems” have impeded from holding the summit in late August.

Paraguay remains suspended from the block and from Unasur, since a year ago when Fernando Lugo was removed from office and replaced by President Federico Franco. Although the removal was done following impeachment of the head of the Executive and according to the country’s constitution, Mercosur members described it as a ‘congressional coup’ and suspended Paraguay until the return of ‘full democracy’.

This theoretically happened when presidential elections were held on 15 April, with Horacio Cartes the winner, but he only takes office on 15 August, thus the proposal for an end of August Mercosur summit.

“The next summit will have the purpose of declaring the automatic return of Paraguay as full member of Mercosur”, said Almagro who added that it was essential that “all Mercosur presidents attend the taking office ceremony of president-elect Cartes on August 15”.

Almagro advanced that Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has confirmed his attendance to the inauguration of Cartes.

At the coming summit Uruguay will be handing the pro-tempore chair of Mercosur to Venezuela, which joined as full member in June 2012 following the suspension of Paraguay. Venezuela first applied to join Mercosur in 2006 but the Paraguayan Congress was repeatedly against such incorporation arguing deceased President Hugo Chavez and his regime were non-democratic or respected the rights of the opposition.

The Paraguayan Senate resisted for years all sorts of pressures (and ‘temptations’), from Argentina and Brazil to overcome its position, so then Mercosur took advantage of the June incidents to make Venezuela a full member. “A political decision that some times needs to prevail over institutional frameworks”, said Uruguayan president Mujica at the time.

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1 ManRod (#) Jun 14th, 2013 - 08:32 am Report abuse
“automatic return”??

Is Mercosur THAT desperate that it doesn't even ask Paraguay, if it still wants to come back to Mercosur? Guess yes, because they know Paraguay has no bigger interest to return to the bullies Club.
2 Conqueror (#) Jun 14th, 2013 - 09:45 am Report abuse
Don't make the mistake, Paraguay. You're better off OUT! But wait until the July 12 “summit”. Then send a “representative”. Nobody particularly important. He/she will only have to say a few words. Wait for the appropriate item on the agenda. Then have your rep. simply stand up, state that Paraguay is not interested in belonging to an organisation that interferes in its internal domestic affairs, and walk out. Let them see your contempt!
3 Anglotino (#) Jun 14th, 2013 - 11:11 am Report abuse
@2

Sounds like an awesome plan.
4 slattzzz (#) Jun 14th, 2013 - 11:51 am Report abuse
Paraguay tell them to FOOK OFF
5 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 14th, 2013 - 06:04 pm Report abuse
Paraguay do the right thing, tell them to “fuhgeddaboutit”
6 ChrisR (#) Jun 14th, 2013 - 09:42 pm Report abuse
Luis Almagro, TMBOA arse licker supreme, even Pepe and Lucy have to wait their turn.
7 ynsere (#) Jun 14th, 2013 - 11:06 pm Report abuse
Most Uruguayans are ashamed of Uruguay's having ganged up on Paraguay with Argentina and Brazil. We apologised for the war of the Triple Alliance as far back as 1880, and our present government should apologise for this latest bit of backstabbing. Shame on Kirchner, Rousseff and Mujica. Viva Paraguay!
8 ChrisR (#) Jun 15th, 2013 - 11:03 am Report abuse
7 ynsere

I agree totally, but the tripartite this time of the Nazi and two commies were scared shitless by the rule of democracy in Paraguay in using their constitution correctly to remove the flock shagger, meant that THEY might be at threat of being chucked out on their ear.

Despicable action though and they should have been censured over the way they ganged together and treated a member of Mercosur.

But we now have Venezuela, FFS.
9 reality check (#) Jun 15th, 2013 - 04:13 pm Report abuse
Suspending Paraguay had nothing to do with them impeaching their former President and everything to do with them blocking Venezualas membership. They wanted them out of the way. Now Venezuala is in they can come back, trade organisation my ass, it's a soap opera. Paraguay are better off out of it.

Still, look on the bright side of it, at least the rest of the world they want to trade with, got a damn good demonstration of how they operate.
10 ynsere (#) Jun 15th, 2013 - 10:31 pm Report abuse
Headline published in digital version of Uruguayan national EL PAÍS, Saturday 15th June, 13:10:
“Paraguay piensa en su reingreso al Mercosur pero no acepta a Venezuela”
Paraguay thinking of reentering Mercosur but does not accept Venezuela (My translation).
11 Britworker (#) Jun 16th, 2013 - 12:47 pm Report abuse
I would hope that Paraguay thinks this one through carefully, they have been a bit of a shining light in South America recently, I hope they don't let Mercosur stamp that light out.

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