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Venezuela
Friday, August 26th 2016 - 11:53 UTC

Nin Novoa exposes Mercosur disarray: “It's her; I'm the only minister she talks to”

Nin Novoa receives the call on its cell phone, smiles and comments it was Delcy Rodriguez

The fracture in Mercosur was candidly revealed by Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa during an agro-business conference of cooperatives in Montevideo when he received a phone call from his Venezuelan peer Delcy Rodríguez.

Thursday, August 25th 2016 - 09:14 UTC

Mercosur fractured and in disarray: Venezuela isolated

Venezuela convened the Mercosur meeting a day after coordinators from the four full members held a full  day round of talks, also in Montevideo,

Mercosur on Wednesday displayed another chapter of its internal disarray, almost farcical, when Venezuela which proclaims the presidency of the group convened a meeting at the Montevideo administrative offices that was only attended by full member Uruguay and aspiring member Bolivia.

Wednesday, August 24th 2016 - 07:11 UTC

Mercosur coordinators' address domestic and international agendas, despite admitting “emergency situation”

Founding members' coordinators spent a full day of discussions at Mercosur HQ in Montevideo. Venezuela did not attend.

Mercosur founding countries national coordinators met on Tuesday in Montevideo and admitted that the block is going through an “emergency situation” because of the presidential acephaly, but agreed on proposals to overcome the challenge and in a “business as usual” spirit, are readying for a meeting with the EU on trade negotiations and on the Action Plan to advance closer links with the Pacific Alliance.

Thursday, August 18th 2016 - 06:13 UTC

Uruguay back steps on its claims regarding Brazil and the Mercosur presidency controversy

Nin Novoa said Brazil tried to gain Uruguay's support in the Mercosur presidency controversy by offering to join a trade delegation to Africa and Iran

Uruguay back stepped on its statements referred to Brazil's “bullying with the Mercosur presidency” and admits there was a misunderstanding regarding Brazil's invitation for a joint trade promotion in third countries, according to an official clarification Wednesday release from the Uruguayan foreign ministry.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 04:56 UTC

Uruguay ambassador summoned to Itamaraty after minister accuses Brazil of “bullying Mercosur presidency”

Serra “came with the intention of blocking the handover [of the presidency] and if that happened they would take us along in trade negotiations” revealed Nin Novoa

Brazil summoned Uruguay's ambassador on Tuesday after the neighboring country's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa accused Brazil of trying to “buy” its vote to block Venezuela from taking the rotating presidency of the Mercosur trade bloc.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 07:17 UTC

Mercosur on collision course: Uruguay rejects collective presidency sponsored by Brazil

The collective presidency proposal has been sponsored by Paraguay and Brazil for several weeks, particularly Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra.

Uruguay's Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Monday that he was opposed to the proposal that the Mercosur presidency should be held collectively, as a number of countries are opposed to Venezuela taking over the role. The proposal has been sponsored by Paraguay and Brazil for several weeks, particularly Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra.

Monday, August 15th 2016 - 12:21 UTC

Mercosur Montevideo 23 August meeting to decide sanctions on Venezuela

Paraguay's deputy minister Gauto has said Venezuela has not complied with 200 rules, regulations and protocols it should have completed on 12 August deadline

The coordinators of Mercosur founding members will decide next 23 August at a meeting in Montevideo on the legal measures to be applied on Venezuela, which self proclaimed itself the presidency of the group and is also questioned for not complying with the rules and regulations to be incorporated to the group. In that case Venezuela could lose its full member status.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 20:54 UTC

Cuba admits Venezuelan recession is hitting hard: Chavist oil shipments down 20%

Venezuelan oil shipments to the island have declined by 19.5%, forcing an energy rationing that is reminding people of the early 90s, when the Soviet Union dissolved

Venezuela’s grim situation is impacting not only millions of households around the country: it is also sending panic waves across the Caribbean all the way to Cuba, a solid ally that for decades now has relied heavily on Chavismo’s generosity.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 19:50 UTC

Mercosur founding members agree to disagree, but will hold another round of talks

“It was an extremely cordial meeting but we did not reach a consensus on Mercosur presidency, which remains vacant and is a  priority” said Rigoberto Gauto

Mercosur founding members coordinators who met in Montevideo on Thursday to address the controversy over the presidency of the group and the self proclamation to the post by Venezuela, did finally reach some conclusions, but the most significant seems to be that they continue to disagree on the steps to follow and are prepared for another round of talks.

Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 21:52 UTC

Venezuela defies Mercosur members and announces it will “fully exercise the presidency”

“We are presidents of Mercosur and will fully exercise that right” said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a mandatory national television message

Venezuela has defiantly confirmed that is will fully exercise the “self-proclaimed” presidency of Mercosur, despite the opposition from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, who consider the chair vacant and are meeting in Montevideo to find an alternative for the six month mandate.

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