Tuesday, July 24th 2012 - 06:40 UTC

The only ‘coup’ was including Venezuela in Mercosur with Paraguay suspended

President Franco argues Mercosur has recognized his administration

Paraguayan president Federico Franco said on Monday that the only coup, if that is the word, was implemented by Mercosur from the moment they left Paraguay out of the decision to incorporate Venezuela as a full member of the group.

Monday, July 23rd 2012 - 19:16 UTC

Paraguay could appeal Mercosur sanctions before the International Court of Justice

The International Court in The Hague

Paraguay is prepared to demand Mercosur co-members before the International Court of Justice at The Hague for what it describes as “violation of signed treaties” and sustained “international isolation” following the rejection of an appeal to have sanctions lifted.

Monday, July 23rd 2012 - 03:09 UTC

OAS will not sanction Paraguay, says ambassador following informal meeting

Ambassador Saguier Caballero described as a victory for “free and sovereign Paraguay”

Paraguay will not be sanctioned by the Organization of American States, said the country’s ambassador on Friday following an informal meeting behind closed doors of OAS Permanent Council.

Saturday, July 21st 2012 - 07:51 UTC

Chavez confirms Dilma’s invitation to Mercosur meeting in Rio on July 31

“Great news for a new Venezuela and new South America”, said Chavez

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said he had talked with his peer from Brazil Dilma Rousseff who confirmed the invitation to an extraordinary meeting of Mercosur next July 31 in Rio do Janeiro.

Saturday, July 21st 2012 - 07:28 UTC

EU considering a new round of discussions with Mercosur before end of 2012

The EU offices in Montevideo

The European Union - Mercosur trade negotiations calendar has been delayed and its full resumption is expected to take place in September or soon after, reports the EU press office in Montevideo.

Thursday, July 19th 2012 - 07:52 UTC

Mercosur ratifies before review tribunal decision to suspend Paraguay

The three presidents will not yield

Mercosur full members Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay are insisting with their decision to sanction the Paraguayan government following the impeachment and removal of former president Fernando Lugo

Thursday, July 19th 2012 - 07:41 UTC

Paraguay claims a Venezuela funded “cruel lobby” is discrediting the country in OAS

Chavez and some members of Petrocaribe are hounding Paraguay

The Caribbean countries that depend economically from Venezuela have become a “cruel lobby”, strongly pressing to have Paraguay sanctioned by the Organization of American States claims that country’s representative.

Wednesday, July 18th 2012 - 09:30 UTC

Mercosur tribunal will rule on Paraguay’s appeal questioning suspension

Velazquez said Paraguay will appeal to other instances if the ruling is negative

Mercosur Review Standing Tribunal admitted the demand presented by the government of President Federico Franco against the suspension of Paraguay and thus object the incorporation of Venenzuela as full member of the regional block

Tuesday, July 17th 2012 - 19:37 UTC

Three Paraguayan abattoirs cleared to export boneless beef to Israel

Better prospects for cattle farming in Paraguay

Three Paraguayan abattoirs have been re-licensed by Israel to export boneless beef, according to the Paraguayan Rural Association, ARP, based on information from the country’s livestock and food sanitary services, Senacsa.

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.


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