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.

Friday, July 5th 2013 - 23:41 UTC

Bachelet and Longueira will dispute the Chilean presidency next November

Chileans will decide between the first woman president of the country and a former Economy minister

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera congratulated former president Michelle Bachelet and ex Economy minister Pablo Longeuira who emerged as winners in the two main coalition’ primaries held last Sunday, the first time such an event takes place in the country.

Friday, July 5th 2013 - 22:52 UTC

Spain calls for calm over Bolivian plane incident, but anticipates ‘no apologies’

Spain called for calm on Friday in a diplomatic row ignited when Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane was diverted because of suspicions that fugitive US intelligence ‘leaker’ Edward Snowden was aboard. However he anticipated there would be no apologies from Spain as South American countries are demanding.

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