Tuesday, July 17th 2012 - 18:27 UTC

MEP's surprised at Mercosur and Unasur drastic decisions on Paraguay

Foreign Minister Jose Felix Fernandez Estigarribia: “it was a very cordial visit”

The European lawmakers’ delegation said it was surprised with the drastic and quick determinations, with no right to defence or appeal, decided against Paraguay by Mercosur and Unasur, said Paraguayan Foreign Minister Jose Felix Fernandez Estigarribia, following a meeting in Asuncion with the visiting MEPs.

Monday, July 16th 2012 - 07:11 UTC

Paraguay optimistic about the OAS report and its repercussions

Ambassador Hugo Saguier Caballero, as time passes, the issue becomes less urgent

Paraguay is optimistic about an Organization of American States resolution regarding recent events and the current situation in the country, despite strong criticism from other regional organizations such as Mercosur and Unasur.

Monday, July 16th 2012 - 07:05 UTC

European Parliament begins fact-finding mission in Paraguay

MEP Luis Yañez-Barnuevo Garcia is scheduled to meet President Franco Monday

A delegation from the European parliament begins this Monday an in-situ data collecting mission in Paraguay following the situation triggered a month ago when then President Fernando Lugo was impeached and removed from office, but which has caused the new regime a certain freezing of international links.

Monday, July 16th 2012 - 03:05 UTC

Mercosur reduced to a group “of bear-hugging and kissing compañeros”

It was such a good idea

The influential British business and politics magazine The Economist anticipates that following the latest decisions by Mercosur, the South American group has little if any future. The Economist argues that the mounting protectionism and the rule-breaking admission of Venezuela have fatally undermined a once-promising trade block.

Friday, July 13th 2012 - 23:34 UTC

Paraguayan presidential hopeful said the country should in no way abandon Mercosur

Horacio Cartes is one of the main candidates for next year’s presidential election

Horacio Cartes a presidential hopeful from the Paraguayan hegemonic Partido Colorado said that exiting Mercosur would only cause the closure of industries and the loss of thousands of jobs in the country.

Friday, July 13th 2012 - 07:01 UTC

Brazil calls OAS to consider Mercosur and Unasur statements on Paraguay

Foreign minister Patriota says he talked about Paraguay with Secretary of state Hillary Clinton

Brazil considers “important” that the Organization of American States, OAS, takes into consideration the decisions from Mercosur and Unasur relative to the suspension of Paraguay from the two regional groupings.

Thursday, July 12th 2012 - 07:05 UTC

Washington says Paraguay should not be suspended from OAS and calls for regional unity

Paraguay should not exacerbate our divisions said the Washington official

Paraguay should not be suspended from the Organization of American States, OAS, despite the removal of President Fernando Lugo, said on Wednesday Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Thursday, July 12th 2012 - 02:03 UTC

Paraguayan Supreme Court receives unconstitutional appeal on Lugo’s removal

Attorney General Javier Diaz has 18 days to decide on the case of Lugo

The Paraguayan Supreme Court accepted on Wednesday an unconstitutional appeal against the removal of President Fernando Lugo which requests the annulment of the political impeachment undertaken and voted by Congress.

Wednesday, July 11th 2012 - 07:17 UTC

Defence of Argentine sovereignty over Malvinas has become “a regional issue”

Ambassador Castro. “We are celebrating a second independence with unity”

The Argentine ambassador in London Alicia Castro said that South America has reached such a degree of unity that it is possible to think “on the defence of Argentine sovereignty over the Malvinas in regional terms”.

Tuesday, July 10th 2012 - 23:48 UTC

OAS report to the Permanent Council does not favour suspending Paraguay

Insulza said it was necessary “to avoid exacerbating divisions within Paraguayan society and political system”

The Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said that to suspend Paraguay from the OAS “would not contribute to the achievement of our objectives”, governance, the electoral process and institutional normality.


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