Thursday, August 23rd 2012 - 01:52 UTC

“We need to prepare for war to live in peace”, says Paraguayan Defence minister

Maria Liz Garcia, Paraguay’s first woman defence minister

“We must prepare for war to live in peace” said Paraguay’s Defence minister Maria Liz Garcia in reference to the new geopolitical situation following the suspension of Paraguay as a member of Mercosur and Unasur.

Tuesday, August 21st 2012 - 18:43 UTC

Paraguay Electoral Tribunal officially announces April 2013 general election

President Franco announced that on 15 August 2013 he will fell honoured to hand over office and return home with his family

Paraguay officially announced holding elections on April 2013, when a new president and congress will be voted. The three branches of government attended the launching of the announcement that took place at the Superior Electoral Justice Tribunal on Tuesday, one day ahead of the OAS Permanent Council debate on “the Paraguayan situation”.

Tuesday, August 21st 2012 - 05:21 UTC

Ecuador ready for dialogue with UK, but with eyes on Friday’s OAS meeting

Minister Patiño willing to talk but….what about threats?

The Ecuadorean government reiterated on Monday that dialogue with UK on the Julian Assange case will continue once London officially “withdraws” the original message with threats. Quito also is hopeful that the coming OAS extraordinary meeting will ratify full support for Ecuador as has happened with other regional organizations.

Monday, August 20th 2012 - 01:42 UTC

Ecuador insists in Mercosur interest, but admits it will be a long process

Ambassador Sevilla Borja was interviewed in Brazil

Ecuador has reiterated its intention of joining Mercosur but this needs to be compatible with the rules from the Community of Andean Nations, CAN, (to which it now belongs) said Ecuadorean ambassador Horacio Sevilla Borja.

Thursday, August 16th 2012 - 04:52 UTC

Unasur not after reinstatement of Lugo; wants political dialogue in Paraguay

Peruvian minister Roncagliolo, our commitment is with democracy

Unasur (Union of South American Nations) wants to closely accompany the democratic restoration process in Paraguay and is not after the reinstatement of removed president Fernando Lugo, said Peruvian Foreign Affairs minister Rafael Roncagliolo.

Wednesday, August 15th 2012 - 09:43 UTC

Unasur ratifies sanctions; Paraguay president more concerned with OAS position

Franco, Unasur is a “presidents’ club”; OAS is far more prestigious

Unasur ratified on Tuesday Paraguay’s suspension from the block at a meeting of the so called High Level Group in Lima, Peru which assessed the situation of the landlocked country.

Wednesday, August 15th 2012 - 09:10 UTC

Paraguayan president calls for moderation from the Senate on the Venezuela issue

The Franco administration is waiting for the OAS position

Paraguayan president Federico Franco called for moderation and time from members of Congress when they begin considering Venezuela’s request to become a full member of Mercosur, since the issue needs of “a good in depth analysis and no hasty decision”.

Tuesday, August 14th 2012 - 23:38 UTC

Mercosur farmers plan to sow record soybean area; stocks drop to half from a year ago

Soybean prices have soared 19% in Chicago in the last twelve months

Mercosur farmers in Brazil and Argentina are forecast to plant more soybeans for harvesting this season in response to higher prices, at the expense of wheat and corn sowing, according to Oil World. Paraguay and Uruguay Agriculture ministries have also anticipated an increase in the soybeans planted areas.

Saturday, August 11th 2012 - 10:04 UTC

Paraguay sounding the possibility of joining the Pacific Group

Going to The Hague could take four to five years, admitted Fernandez Estigarribia

Paraguay is sounding the recently created Pacific Block made up of Colombia, Peru, Chile and Mexico with the possibility of considering applying to join it, revealed the country’s Foreign affairs minister Jose Fernandez Estigarribia.

Friday, August 10th 2012 - 08:41 UTC

Short of soy Brazil meat producers want to import from Bolivia

The hog industry of Matto Grosso do Sul has made the official request

Meat producers in Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul state are lobbying the government to approve soy imports from neighbouring Bolivia after drought shrank supplies in the world's second grower, a state official and analysts.


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