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.

Saturday, June 30th 2012 - 03:52 UTC

Mercosur ‘suspended’ Paraguay feels free to establish trade links with other countries

President Franco next to the new Vice president Oscar Denis (Photo ABC)

President Federico Franco announced in a press conference that if Paraguay is suspended from Mercosur the country will feel free to look for other trade agreements and international relations.

Saturday, June 30th 2012 - 03:43 UTC

Mercosur Secretary General resigns and walks out from the Mendoza summit

Pinheiro Guimaraes complained of lack of political support

Mercosur Secretary General Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes resigned to his post in the midst of the Mendoza summit following a strong exchange with the group of Foreign Ministers, indicated reports from Buenos Aires.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 06:25 UTC

Brazil/Uruguay overrule Argentina: no Mercosur economic sanctions on Paraguay

Brazilian Foreign Minister Patriota was the spokesperson for the group

Mercosur will not impose economic sanctions on Paraguay despite concerns over the ousting of the country's president, officials said on Thursday evening at the summit taking place in Mendoza, Argentina.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 06:22 UTC

Unasur will debate how to remove the group’s presidency from ‘illegitimate’ Paraguay

Foreign minister Fernandez Estigarribia, “they have no right to kick us out of any meeting”

Besides the Mercosur summit, the Argentine city of Mendoza will also be hosting on Friday an emergency meeting from the Union of South American nations to discuss Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo’s swift removal and replacement by a government which has triggered strong resistance in the continent.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 06:19 UTC

Former impeached Brazilian president argues the “process in Paraguay was legal”

Collor de Melo resigned before his removal from office on corruption charges

The removal of Fernando Lugo from the Paraguayan Executive office was legal, said Brazilian former president and Senator Fernando Collor, quoted by O’Globo. He insisted there was “no coup”.

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 04:54 UTC

Ban Ki-moon calls for peaceful resolution of Paraguayan situation

Ban Ki-moon with Fernando Lugo on 21 September 2011.

Ahead of a regional meeting on Paraguay, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on all concerned to “work in the days ahead to ensure the peaceful resolution of differences” which led to the removal of the Paraguayan president.

Thursday, June 28th 2012 - 08:02 UTC

US will wait for OAS report before deciding on Paraguayan situation

Ms Nuland, “I was very careful to say we hadn’t used the word (coup)”

United States strongly supports the Organization of American States Council decision to send a top level delegation to Paraguay headed by Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, said on Wednesday US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland during the daily briefing.

Thursday, June 28th 2012 - 07:37 UTC

Paraguay manufacturers support the country’s expulsion from Mercosur

“We’re going to lose less money”, said business leader Felippo

Paraguay’s head of the Industrial Union Eduardo Felippo said that he’s supportive of the possibility that the country is excluded from Mercosur, adding that “the rest of the members are going to lose more money than us”


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