Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 18:32 UTC

Astori describes Mercosur latest decisions as “aggression and major institutional blows”

”The institutional framework of Mercosur is so weak it can become useless”, said the Uruguayan Vice President

“It’s a major institutional blow, maybe the most serious in the 21 years of Mercosur” said Uruguayan Vice president Danilo Astori in direct reference to the group’s decision to incorporate Venezuela with the approval of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and the absence of Paraguay.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 06:31 UTC

Argentina and Brazil deny Uruguay and insist the decision on Venezuela was unanimous

Uruguayan Foreign minister could end gobbled by the Paraguayan situation

Argentina underlined late Monday that the decision on the incorporation of Venezuela as full member of Mercosur was “unanimously” supported by the presidents from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay during the group’s summit last Friday hosted by President Cristina Fernandez.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 06:24 UTC

Uruguay says it accepted Venezuela in Mercosur as part of a major negotiation

Diego Canepa, his master’s voice tries to explain what happened in Mendoza

The Uruguayan government said that it accepted the incorporation of Venezuela as full member of Mercosur as part of a “negotiation” in which it demanded no economic sanctions on Paraguay and that is why “the last word has not been said” on the issue.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 06:14 UTC

Brazilian opposition blasts Rousseff for the management of Paraguayan situation

Bruno Araujo, Rousseff’s policies have turned Mercosur into an ideological block

The leading member from Brazil’s main opposition political party described Uruguay’s claim that consensus was absent in the Mercosur decision to suspend Paraguay and to incorporate Venezuela as “extremely serious” and complained Mercosur has become a merely “ideological” grouping.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 01:14 UTC

Paraguay to investigate alleged meeting of military with Venezuelan minister

Apparently Foreign Minister Maduro met with Paraguayan generals and called on them to support Lugo

The new Paraguayan authorities have named a special committee of prosecutors to inquiry into the alleged meeting between Venezuelan Foreign Affairs minister Nicolas Maduro and Paraguayan military during the recent impeachment process.

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 00:55 UTC

Brazil and Argentina to benefit most from Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

President Chavez economic policies have impaired Venezuelan private production

The formal incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur next July will benefit mainly Brazil and Argentina since they could considerably increase their exports to the oil-rich country at the expense of the local production sector weakened by the economic policies from the administration of President Hugo Chavez, according to analysts.

Monday, July 2nd 2012 - 23:42 UTC

Uruguay says it was Brazil that forced the incorporation to Mercosur of Venezuela

Minister Almagro, “nothing is definitive; the last word has not been said”

The Uruguayan government revealed on Monday its disagreement with the way Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur was decided last Friday at the summit held in Mendoza, Argentina, and said “it was not the last word” since the process must be reviewed from a juridical point of view.

Monday, July 2nd 2012 - 06:00 UTC

OAS fact-finding mission on the Paraguayan situation arrives in Asuncion

Secretary General Insulza plans to meet with Lugo and the new government officials

The Paraguayan government named a special committee of military, police and diplomatic officials to help avoid possible incidents of violence when the fact-finding delegation from the Organization of American States, arrives in Asuncion.

Monday, July 2nd 2012 - 00:16 UTC

Paraguay considers consulting the people whether “to continue or not in Mercosur”

President Franco argues Venezuela’s incorporation has “no legal recognition”

Paraguay’s government blasted Mercosur decision of incorporating Venezuela as a full member of the bloc “before finishing the legislative procedure to do so” and did not discard the possibility of having the Paraguayan people “decide whether to remain or not in Mercosur”.

Saturday, June 30th 2012 - 04:45 UTC

Unasur suspends Paraguay; names Peru at the group’s pro-tempore presidency

Argentine Foreign minister read the Unasur declaration

Unasur, Union of South American nations on Friday suspended Paraguay from the group following the ouster of the country's former president, Fernando Lugo. The decision was adopted at an extraordinary meeting in Mendoza, Argentina where earlier in the day Mercosur members adopted a similar measure.


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