Paraguay

Paraguay
Tuesday, September 20th 2016 - 09:53 UTC

Brazil and Uruguay agree on a Mercosur with “a greater open integration”

“The meeting was positive and we agreed with president Temer that Uruguay will continue as coordinator of Mercosur trade talks with the EU” Vazquez was quoted

President Tabare Vazquez confirmed on Monday that Uruguay will continue as “coordinator” of discussions between Mercosur and the European Union to reach a wide ranging trade agreement.

Friday, September 9th 2016 - 10:09 UTC

Mercosur insists in trade negotiations with EU despite Brazil and Venezuela situations

“The initiative is clearly political and should not interfere with negotiations for an agreement which the two blocks started discussing in 1999”, Loizaga said

Negotiations for a trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union must continue and should not be overshadowed by political issues such as the impeachment process in Brazil, pointed out Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga, following a motion by 15 Green Euro and United Left parliamentarians in Strasbourg to cancel discussions because of the “corruption contaminated” removal of Dilma Rousseff.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016 - 04:38 UTC

Mercosur members who disagree and don't accept consensus “can walk out”...

“Mercosur members are well aware that the same way they decided to belong to the group, they can walk away...” said minister Loizaga

Paraguay said Mercosur will continue to function and is waiting for a reply from Uruguay to confirm a collegiate presidency of the block, until Argentina takes the helm at the end of the year. If not, “Mercosur members are well aware that the the same way they decided to belong to the group, they can walk away...”

Sunday, August 28th 2016 - 03:59 UTC

Eight Paraguayan soldiers executed by rural guerrillas following an attack on a patrol

The truck which was attacked with explosives planted in a rural country road

Eight Paraguayan soldiers died on Saturday in a rural roadside explosion, followed by execution of survivors, 500 kilometers north of the capital Asunción, the government said, blaming it on a criminal group which identifies itself as the EPP, acronym for Paraguayan People's Army.

Saturday, August 27th 2016 - 05:45 UTC

Mercosur founding members confident of a solution to the Venezuela situation

Gauto said a meeting was scheduled and “the sooner the better”. Next October Mercosur and EU are scheduled to hold a new round of talks on a trade agreement.

The foreign ministers of Mercosur founding members will adopt a common position regarding the current disarray of the group following on Venezuela's unilateral attitudes said Paraguayan economic affairs and integration deputy minister Rigoberto Gauto.

Thursday, August 18th 2016 - 03:28 UTC

Nin Novoa's statements are “not compatible with the excellent relations between Brazil and Uruguay”

Nin Novoa during an informative meeting in Parliament stated Brazil had tried “to buy” Uruguay's support and Serra insisted in “bullying the Mercosur presidency”

The Brazilian government said it was deeply disappointed and surprised at statements from Uruguay's foreign minister, which “are not compatible with the excelence of relations between Brazil and Uruguay”, according to an official release from Itamaraty, Brazil's foreign ministry, regarding the controversy over the Mercosur presidency.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 07:17 UTC

Mercosur on collision course: Uruguay rejects collective presidency sponsored by Brazil

The collective presidency proposal has been sponsored by Paraguay and Brazil for several weeks, particularly Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra.

Uruguay's Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Monday that he was opposed to the proposal that the Mercosur presidency should be held collectively, as a number of countries are opposed to Venezuela taking over the role. The proposal has been sponsored by Paraguay and Brazil for several weeks, particularly Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra.

Monday, August 15th 2016 - 12:21 UTC

Mercosur Montevideo 23 August meeting to decide sanctions on Venezuela

Paraguay's deputy minister Gauto has said Venezuela has not complied with 200 rules, regulations and protocols it should have completed on 12 August deadline

The coordinators of Mercosur founding members will decide next 23 August at a meeting in Montevideo on the legal measures to be applied on Venezuela, which self proclaimed itself the presidency of the group and is also questioned for not complying with the rules and regulations to be incorporated to the group. In that case Venezuela could lose its full member status.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 16:40 UTC

“Moment of truth” for Venezuela's standing in Mercosur

The Nicolas Maduro government still has yet to incorporate 400 rules and regulations plus 50 accords to be considered a full member of Mercosur

Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay are waiting to see what happens on Friday, 12 August, when Venezuela has to prove that it has complied with all the pending requirements to confirm its Mercosur full membership condition dating back to 2012.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 16:35 UTC

Venezuela's attitude not helping to resolve the Mercosur situation, claims Uruguay

“From our point of view Venezuela has not committed an institutional rupture, but it certainly not helping much to solve the situation” said Nin Novoa

“Venezuela is not helping much to resolve” the unprecedented situation of Mercosur, said Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa in reference to Venezuela's self proclaimed presidency of the group and which is rejected point blank by Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay who consider the post vacant.

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