Wednesday, July 31st 2013 - 06:23 UTC

Paraguay president Franco congratulates Mujica on his knowledge of geography

Paraguayan president Federico Franco replied to his Uruguayan peer Jose Mujica ironic remarks saying that ‘evidently he’s good at geography; I guess he passed with the highest grades’ since he is aware that Paraguay is a landlocked ‘Mediterranean’ country.

“Yes, in effect Paraguay is a Mediterranean country and has no sea outlet”, said Franco

President Mujica besides calling on suspended Paraguay to return with ‘intelligence and pragmatism’ to Mercosur and waning about the fact that the landlocked country needs of the Parana River and the River Plate for a sea outlet, ironically stated Uruguay was willing to grant Paraguay all the rotating Mercosur presidencies that belong to Uruguay, if that was needed as part of the return package.

Mujica had emphasized that on 15 August when president elect Horacio Cartes takes office in Asunción, that given the ‘landlocked condition’ of Paraguay “he was the most interested in a quick harmonious return to Mercosur”.

“It is obvious president Mujica has a very good knowledge of geography. At that he is good. In effect Paraguay is a Mediterranean country and has no sea outlet”, said President Franco.

Likewise Franco further questioned the comments from Mujica recalling that Paraguay received from the other nations, “what Mercosur denied us”. Franco was referring to the fact that while Mercosur and Unasur sanctioned Paraguay, the Organization of the American States ruled out such action and on the contrary helped the country to overcome the situation which arose from the removal of Fernando Lugo from the Executive through a political impeachment.

“President Mujica in his comments was excessive. It is true we need from all of them and also from the rest of the world’s nations…but Paraguay is opening other possibilities in other markets”, concluded Franco.

President-elect Cartes had requested as part of the ‘harmonious, pragmatic and intelligent’ return of suspended Paraguay to Mercosur that, in a ‘signal of good will’ it be granted the group’s presidency in the second half of the year. This did not happen and the presidency went to the latest incorporation, questioned and rejected by Paraguay, Venezuela.

Thus Mujica’s ironic offer of all the Mercosur Uruguay presidencies.


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1 Anglotino (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:37 am Report abuse
Mujica just can't help making an arse out of himself.
2 Stevie (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:47 am Report abuse
Mujica said what everybody was thinking.

You still think Paraguay will leave Mercosur?

3 yankeeboy (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:53 am Report abuse
Mujica is an old drunk has-been ruining Uruguay.

I think that was a great response from Paraguay.
Makes him look like a senile of fool

Which of course is exactly what he is
4 Elena (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 08:10 am Report abuse
The title make me Chuckle XD but really I do like Mujica, but after everything him giving Paraguay a “spech” really was too much , Paraguay has been acting very pragmatically lately, something Uruguay has been doing too to a point. Sigh politicians :-)
5 Conqueror (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 08:13 am Report abuse
Doubtless Franco has discussed this matter with Cartes and it's therefore unlikely that the mercobullies or mujica will get what they want. Paraguay is showing the difference between itself and the mercobullies. Paraguay has intelligence. The mercobullies have ideology. Paraguay will have many supporters around the world. The mercobullies will have none!
6 ManRod (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 08:33 am Report abuse
very eloquent answer, President Franco. It's great he hasn't lost his humour, despite being bullied by the whole Thug-o-sur.
7 Brasileiro (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 01:08 pm Report abuse
In the day when Paraguay declares independence, we got out from Paraguay! Paraguay is our. Politic, economic and social. Only ours, only. More one Brazilian State, ONLY!
8 ChrisR (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 01:20 pm Report abuse
Very statesmanlike comment from Franco (c/o Cartes I suspect) but what a what a great put down.


When you actually LIVE hear you don't hear anybody supporting Mujica.

But you don't live here.
9 Brasileiro (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 02:03 pm Report abuse
Lord, i see you, idiot!
10 Conqueror (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 02:18 pm Report abuse
@7 Very funny. Take it you are referring to the brasiguayo? Seems to be a suggestion, in stuff I read, that most brasilians in Paraguay are there illegally.
Are we to understand that you are saying that when Paraguay dumps mercosur, you'll all be leaving?
11 Brasileiro (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 02:31 pm Report abuse
I said; Paraguay is ours. Do you believes in Macho Man? “Acorda garoto” the world changes. “Vá ver se eu estou na esquina, vá!” Go to home, barbarian!
12 LEPRecon (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 04:52 pm Report abuse
@11 Brasileiro

Paraguay is yours is it? I think the Paraguayans will disagree with you on that score.

You sound like a typical imperialist colonial South American wannabe dictator. No wonder Brazil is following Argentina and Venezuela down the drain.

You see everything you posted just proves that Paraguay suspension from Mercosur was illegal and politically motivated.

Paraguay is an independent country, and if any South American dictatorship tries to invade them, then you'll get a good slapping from the international community.

This is the 21st century. The UNSC would give you an option. Leave or face the consequences.

You all talk about LATAM solidarity, but what you actually mean is the creation of the United Social South American Republic, under dictatorship, which will eventually resort (as all dictatorships do) to murdering their own citizens when they don't agree with the 'party' line.

All such dictatorships are doomed to failure.

However, since most of the leftist LATAM countries are untrustworthy and are too busy stealing off each other and stabbing each other in the back, then I doubt your United LATAM crap would ever get off the ground.
13 GeoffWard2 (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 05:08 pm Report abuse
It sounds like a threat from Mujica's Mercosur, but Paraguay is NOT ALONE.

Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbijhan,
Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi,
CAR, Chad, Czech Republic,
Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan,
Laos, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg,
Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia,
Nagorno-Karabakh, Nepal, Niger,
San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, S. Ossetia, S. Susan, Swaziland, Switzerland,
Tajikistan, Transnistria, Turkmenistan,
Uganda, Uzbekistan,
Vatican City,
Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Paul Collier says, “If you are coastal, you serve the world; if you are landlocked, you serve your neighbors.”
So there is a need to circumvent this blackmail of dependency.

Paraguay can lead the development of the Commonwealth of Landlocked Nations.
Some very rich, some poor, some with oil, some with vast mineral wealth, and together it adds up to 48 nations ... what a voting bloc, what an opportunity.

All it needs is to see the world differently.
14 Brasileiro (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 05:09 pm Report abuse
World? International laws? Who you think be? More one for many europeans dominants, or a one north-american idiot? You dont no nothing about the world. You are a idiot by the north-midia. For this your country is a blackhole. Caution with your afirmatives, idiot.
15 agent999 (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:10 pm Report abuse
Brasileiro another sock puppet to waste everyone's time
16 Brasileiro (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 08:41 pm Report abuse
@ Geoff, my 14 “opinion” no speak about you or yours good comments. You are a good person, probably the best in this site. Good luck.
17 BAMF Paraguay (#) Jul 31st, 2013 - 09:51 pm Report abuse

Most brasiguayos are here legally. To get a job without the documents is cumbersome and will limit you to the lower paid jobs. Most brazilians have lived here for decades and have children that are paraguayan.
18 ManRod (#) Aug 01st, 2013 - 04:21 am Report abuse
Brasileiro = Fido Dido... who cannot bear chilean LAN has taken over his beloved brazilian TAM xD

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