The attempt by Uruguay to draft a strong Mercosur and Unasur resolution in support of embattled Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has foundered. Argentina is only prepared to express support for Brazil's institutions while Chile and Paraguay have balked at the idea of personalizing the issue in Rousseff and her Workers Party.
Last week the Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez on suggestions from his foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa signed a draft resolution in support of Rousseff which hopefully was to be confirmed by the rest of the groupings members, but it proved to be a miscalculated initiative.
We do not interfere in the internal affairs of countries stated the Paraguayan foreign ministry, while minister Eladio Loizaga said that the position of the Paraguayan government is respect for Brazil's institutions.
We respect the self determination of the Brazilian government and people. Brazil is a leading reference when it come to respect for institutions, so Paraguay believes it is not convenient to make any statement in favor or against the actors of the current situation, as we have said we have utmost respect for Brazilian institutions.
Furthermore we are not supportive of this kind of declarations, and have respect for countries' sovereignty, added the minister who revealed that both Mercosur and Unasur had consulted Paraguay on signing a declaration supporting Dilma Rousseff given the current conflict with the Judicial branch.
Loizaga who just returned from Japan from a meeting of the Parliamentary League which brings together Japanese and Paraguayan lawmakers said the situation in the region was addressed, in particular Brazil, and it was agreed that we are all looking forward for a quick solution to the situation according to the Constitution and rule of the law
The Paraguayan minister visited Tokyo to coordinate celebrations later in the year of the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese migrants to Paraguay. The two countries have full diplomatic relations since 1919 and the first Japanese families arrived in 1936. An estimated 7.000 Japanese descendents live in Paraguay.
Uruguay currently holds the rotating chair of both Mercosur and Unasur.