Friday, June 18th 2010 - 19:25 UTC

Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation closer on political agreement in Paraguay

Paraguayan cabinet chief Miguel Lopez Perito

“There are better conditions, things are quieter now” to consider the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur as full member said Paraguayan cabinet chief Miguel Lopez Perito, following a political agreement in Congress with one of the main opposition parties.

Sunday, June 13th 2010 - 01:18 UTC

Chavez’ Venezuela “recalls us the times of our won dictatorship`”

Paraguayan Senate leader Miguel Carrizosa, no fan of Mr. Chavez

The incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur faces a tough battle in the Paraguayan congress following statements’ from the Upper House president who said that “it recalls us the time of the (Alfredo Stroessner) dictatorship” adding it was difficult to dissociate the country from the figure of Hugo Chavez.

Friday, June 11th 2010 - 17:13 UTC

Paraguay admits pressure from Brazil to vote for Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

President Lugo is reaching out for a consensus with a Congress controlled by the opposition

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo admitted he called on Congress to reach a consensus to vote the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur, since Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have already done so and ‘only Paraguay is missing’.

Thursday, June 10th 2010 - 18:17 UTC

Brazil-Paraguay discussions to review the Itaipú Treaty are ‘done and over’

Marco Aurelio García, Lula da Silva’s top advisor in international affairs

For Brazil the renegotiation of the Itaipú dam treaty between Brazil and Paraguay ‘is over’ following on last year’s declaration of Presidents Lula da Silva and Fernando Lugo, said Marco Aurelio García the Brazilian president main advisor in international affairs.

Wednesday, June 9th 2010 - 19:24 UTC

“Conditions not right yet” for Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur admits Paraguay

Paraguayan Foreign Affairs Lacognata said the country has “other priorities”

The Paraguayan government will not send do Congress the protocol for the incorporation to Venezuela to Mercosur because conditions for its approval are non existent yet, said the country’s Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Lacognata.

Tuesday, June 8th 2010 - 18:41 UTC

New round of talks in Paraguay to consider Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Lacognata

Top level discussions will be held between members of the Paraguayan Executive and Congress to try and convince lawmakers to vote Venezuela’s incorporation to Mercosur and Paraguayan membership of Unasur (Union of South American Nations) that have been stalled for months.

Saturday, June 5th 2010 - 00:47 UTC

Venezuela’s Chavez the less convincing leader for Paraguayan ‘twitters’

Paraguayans are not attracted by red shirts and berets

A “twitter” opinion poll organized by Paraguay’s main daily newspaper ABC Color to evaluate which Latinamerican presidents are most rejected or less convincing delivered several predictable results but also some surprises.

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010 - 02:36 UTC

Brazilian press calls Paraguay “rich beggar”, superb actor in asking for alms

Paraguayan president and former bishop Fernando Lugo

One of Brazil’s most influential weekly magazines with strong penetration in political and business circles, ‘Veja’ has a main article this week calling neighbouring Paraguay the “rich beggar”, a role which the successive Paraguayan governments “have played to success attracting significant international aid and grants”.

Friday, May 28th 2010 - 04:40 UTC

Paraguay closer to achieving full free of FMD with vaccination status

OIE president Carlos Correa Messuti

The World Organization for Animal Health, OIE, will examine the South American request to consider free of foot and mouth disease with vaccination the border areas of Paraguay with Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia.

Monday, May 17th 2010 - 01:54 UTC

Brazil’s energy sector lobbying against review of Itaipú treaty with Paraguay

The mighty Itaipú dam at the heart of Brazil-Paraguay disputes

Brazilian business groups are strongly lobbying members of Congress against a review of a recent agreement reached by President Lula da Silva to treble the money paid to Paraguay for power from the world’s largest operating hydroelectric complex Itaipú, shared by both countries.


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