“The Priest of Paraguay: Lugo and the change in Latin America” is the name of the book recently launched in London and dedicated to the current president of the landlocked country former bishop Fernando Lugo.
Conflict hypothesis and arms race in the region must also be included in the context of the controversy over US forces in Colombian bases during the coming Unasur (Union of South American Nations) summit in Argentina, according to the Paraguayan government official position.
Paraguay's government withdrew a bill that would approve the incorporation of Venezuela to the Mercosur trade bloc fearing a defeat in Congress that could hurt relations between the two countries.
After having declined sustainedly during the last few years, Paraguay’s poverty index is forecasted to soar to 40% of the population in 2009 because of the economic recession, said on Thursday Economy minister Dionisio Borda.
After having reached an understanding with Brazil, Paraguay next month plans to begin negotiations with Argentina to claim better conditions for the power generated from the Yaciretá dam which both countries share.
The Brazilian presidency advisor in international affairs Marco Aurelio García said that the agreement between Brazil and Paraguay regarding the surplus power from the shared Itaipú hydroelectric dam (operationally the largest in the world) is “most important” and helps to normalize bilateral relations.
Brazil and Paraguay agreed over the weekend on an amicable solution to a decade long dispute over a hydro-electric dam on their shared border, with Brazil agreeing to triple the amount it pays its neighbour for energy.
European Union Foreign Relations Commissar, Benita Ferrero-Waldner said on Monday that the Spanish presidency of the European Union in 2010 “should be a good moment and opportunity” to resume the stalled discussions of the European block with Mercosur.
Brazil will allow Paraguay to openly sell to Brazilian energy distributing companies its surplus share of the power generated by the Itaipú dam, the largest of its kind in the Americas.
This coming week’s Mercosur presidential summit in Paraguay will convene eight South American leaders, announced Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata during a press conference Saturday in Asuncion.