Thursday, July 15th 2010 - 06:40 UTC

Mercosur member Paraguay among the world’s tope eight beef exporters

The country is a main supplier of beef to Chile and Venezuela

Mercosur full member Paraguay is now between the world’s eight top exporters of beef, with prospects of increasing that position as meat quality increases boosted by improved breeding and better sanitary conditions.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 05:31 UTC

Lula da Silva anticipates World Cup semi-finals with four Mercosur members

Brazilian President Lula da Silva said on Tuesday he expects the four Mercosur countries Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay to meet in the semi-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.

Tuesday, June 29th 2010 - 05:40 UTC

Boosted by agriculture Paraguay set to expand 6% in 2010

The country’s economy has become soy-bean and beef dependent

Paraguay expects an annual growth of 5% by the end of President Fernando Lugo’s administration which finishes in 2013 and inflation should not be higher than one digit said Economy Minister Dionisio Borda.

Monday, June 28th 2010 - 22:02 UTC

Soccer first played by the Guarani (Paraguay) according to the Vatican

The statement is based on Jesuit accounts from three centuries ago

Soccer or football was first played by the indigenous Guaranies in what is today Paraguay, the heartland of South America and one of the sixteen best teams of the current World Cup currently been disputed in South Africa.

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.


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