Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 02:35 UTC

Ecuador regrets Paraguay did not invite President Maduro to Cartes inauguration

Patiño did not advance if Ecuador would send a representative to Asuncion on Thursday

Ecuador regrets that Paraguay has not invited Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (who is also currently president of Mercosur) to the inauguration of president Horacio Cartes next Thursday, 15 August, said Ecuadorean foreign minister Ricardo Patiño,

Sunday, August 11th 2013 - 21:28 UTC

Cristina Fernandez will attend Cartes inauguration in Paraguay; problems with Mercosur protocol

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay will be attending the inauguration on Thursday

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez confirmed by writing that she would be attending the inauguration of Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes next Thursday 15 August, according the organization committee of the event in Asuncion, Ambassador Federico Gonzalez and head of Protocol at the Paraguayan foreign ministry.

Sunday, August 11th 2013 - 04:36 UTC

Unasur lifts suspension pending on Paraguay effective 15 August

President elect Horacio Cartes will be inaugurated on 15 August

The Union of South American Nations, Unasur, decided late Friday to lift the suspension pending on Paraguay, which will become effective next 15 August when president-elect Horacio Cartes takes office.

Sunday, August 4th 2013 - 19:58 UTC

Venezuela not invited to Paraguay-president inauguration; Rousseff confirms attendance

President of Mercosur, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, is person non grata for Paraguay

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff officially confirmed her attendance to the inauguration ceremony of Paraguayan president-elect Horacio Cartes next 15 August, according to the Transmission Committee that is coordinating the event

Saturday, August 3rd 2013 - 02:49 UTC

Cristina Fernandez will chair Security Council debate on UN relations with regional organizations

Last year CFK displayed her speech “talent” at the C24, next week at the Security Council

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will be chairing next Tuesday a meeting of the United Nations Security Council that will be addressing the relations of Latam and Caribbean regional and subregional organizations with UN in helping prevent conflicts and restore peace, was announced by the Argentine ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval.

Thursday, August 1st 2013 - 04:09 UTC

“Not even the Pope could bring Brazil and Paraguay together”, said O’Globo

Foreign minister Patriota the target of an “unprecedented defeat of Brazilian diplomacy”

Influential Latin American newspapers have been extremely critical of Brazilian diplomacy in its unsuccessful attempts to ‘subdue Paraguay’, while at the same praising the landlocked country’s dignity in demanding from Mercosur respect and compliance with the rule of the law.

Wednesday, July 31st 2013 - 06:09 UTC

Ecuador’s Correa pondering whether to join Mercosur or the Pacific Alliance

CAN and Mercosur should converge to Unasur, suggested the Ecuadorean president

President Rafael Correa said that the determining factor for Ecuador to join as full member of Mercosur or the Alliance of the Pacific is the ‘flexibility’ granted in certain admission conditions, taking into account the fact that Ecuador does not have a national currency.

Tuesday, July 30th 2013 - 03:54 UTC

Mujica in veiled message tells Paraguay to return to Mercosur and remember it’s a landlocked country

“Let’s not forget that the only way out for Paraguay is through the Parana River and the River Plate” said Mujica

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica was ironic about the conditions Paraguayan president elect Horacio Cartes demanded for his country’s return to Mercosur, but also in a veiled message called for ‘intelligence and pragmatism’ recalling that Paraguay is a landlocked country.

Thursday, July 11th 2013 - 07:26 UTC

Summit in Montevideo could further expose the fragility of a Mercosur turned political

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and President elect Horacio Cartes

President-elect Horacio Cartes will not make any comments on the ongoing dispute of Paraguay with Mercosur until after the group’s summit in Uruguay next Friday, when official decisions on the subject are expected to be made public. However for both sides any decision will most probably be challenging and ratify that Mercosur has become a political group far from its original trade and investment purposes.

Tuesday, July 9th 2013 - 01:50 UTC

Paraguay not interested in Mercosur if Venezuela holds the chair, says top official

Foreign minister Fernandez statements come a few hours before the Mercosur summit begins in Montevideo

Paraguay called for practical sense from its Mercosur partners Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay to try and overcome the current impasse which could lead to a rift if Venezuela occupies the chair of the group at this week’s summit in Montevideo. Paraguay does not recognize Venezuela’s full membership because it was decided in its absence.

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