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Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 05:24 UTC

Venezuela as Mercosur full member faces deadline: Friday 12 August

 “We´re waiting to see what happens this Friday, deadline for Venezuela to show it has complied with conditions to enjoy full membership of Mercosur”, said Loizaga

Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are waiting for a report on Venezuela´s compliance with the accords agreed in 2012, which has to delivered next Friday 12 August, and could lead the group of three counties deciding the suspension of Caracas as full member of Mercosur. A week and a half later, 23 August, representatives of these countries will be meeting to address the issue.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 20:47 UTC

Venezuela to be “demoted” from full Mercosur membership on 12 August

Michel Temer met last Friday at Itamaraty with Argentina's Macri, Paraguay's Cartes and advisors to assess the current situation of the Mercosur presidency

Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil are considering the “demotion” of Venezuela's Mercosur full membership unless by next August 12 it complies with all conditions to hold such a position, according to the Brazilian media following a meeting of the three presidents in the sidelines of the opening of the Rio Olympic Games.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 20:39 UTC

Venezuela claims “the triple alliance” want to storm the Mercosur presidency

“We are aware of the existence of economic forces operating in the dark who want an implosion of Mercosur” claimed Delcy Rodriguez

Venezuela announced it will not allow Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, “the triple alliance” to storm the Mercosur pro tempore presidency, which the government of president Nicolas Maduro is fully exercising. Caracas also claimed that economic forces operating in the dark are interested in a Mercosur “implosion”.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 19:50 UTC

Mercosur founding members agree to disagree, but will hold another round of talks

“It was an extremely cordial meeting but we did not reach a consensus on Mercosur presidency, which remains vacant and is a  priority” said Rigoberto Gauto

Mercosur founding members coordinators who met in Montevideo on Thursday to address the controversy over the presidency of the group and the self proclamation to the post by Venezuela, did finally reach some conclusions, but the most significant seems to be that they continue to disagree on the steps to follow and are prepared for another round of talks.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 - 06:10 UTC

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay consider Mercosur chair 'vacant' and call for urgent meeting

Serra sent a letter underlining that the chair of the group remains “vacant” and accused Uruguay of causing “uncertainty” inside the group

Mercosur's disarray and fault lines were again exposed when Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay insisted that Venezuela's self proclamation as president of the group was invalid, and also expressed disappointment with Uruguay for having ended its mandate last Saturday causing “great uncertainty”.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 - 06:02 UTC

Venezuela rejects call for Mercosur meeting and claims a conspiracy against Bolivarianism

Venezuela in full exercise of the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur denounces the machinations of the extreme right in the south of the continent

Venezuela rejected Argentina's call for an urgent Mercosur meeting and underlined it is exercising the group's pro tempore presidency “legally” accusing Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay of being part of a Triple Alliance which is re-editing “a sort of Plan Condor against Venezuela to harass and criminalize its model of development and democracy”.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 - 06:52 UTC

Mercosur in a state of disarray; Venezuela's presidency disavowed by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay

“Venezuela is not going to preside over Mercosur, it simply does not have the conditions. Venezuela can't even take care of Venezuela”, said Jose Serra

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay have announced they do not support Venezuela as the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur, further deepening controversy in the group which could even hinder ongoing trade negotiations with the European Union and closer links with the Pacific Alliance.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 06:30 UTC

Mercosur: Brazil and Paraguay's rejection of Venezuela is “a desperate attitude”

Minister Rodríguez said ”it is impossible that the compliance of the (Mercosur) treaty can't be respected”. It is a desperate attitude from Brazil and Paraguay

Brazil and Paraguay's rejection to Venezuela holding the Mercosur rotating chair sounds much like a “desperate” attitude, but nevertheless it is unpostponable, said Venezuela foreign minister Delcy Rodríguez: ”it is impossible that the compliance of the (Mercosur) treaty can't be respected”.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 05:39 UTC

Mercosur limbo: Uruguay's presidency is over, who will hold the rotating chair ?

Last Wednesday Uruguayan foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa cancelled a meeting of the Common Market Council scheduled for this Saturday

Uruguay made public on Friday a letter sent to Mercosur fellow full members stating the finalization, this Saturday 30 July, of its six-month presidency of the group, which means the rotating chair “should be transferred to Venezuela”. The letter was accompanied by a 32 page report of its six-month as chair of the group, particularly intense because of the trade negotiations with the European Union.

Thursday, July 28th 2016 - 11:23 UTC

Uruguay will transfer Mercosur chair to Venezuela, despite objections from Brazil and Paraguay

Tabare Vazquez had instructed foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa to comply with the alphabetical order Mercosur presidency transfer as originally planned.

Despite objections from Brazil and Paraguay, Uruguay next Saturday 30 July will transfer to Venezuela the rotating chair of Mercosur for the second half of the year, as indicated in the “group's rules and regulations”.

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