Thursday, September 5th 2013 - 04:10 UTC

Unasur has yet to reach a consensus-name for the next secretary general

Correa said the post must be given additional powers so it has greater ‘executive capacity’

Despite the strong statement against US intervention in Syria and the harmonious meeting of Paraguay and Venezuela presidents, the recent Unasur (Union of South American Nations) summit in Suriname was unable to agree on the group’s next Secretary General, a post which is currently held by Venezuela’s Ali Rodriguez.

Monday, September 2nd 2013 - 12:00 UTC

Maduro apologizes to Paraguay for any ‘pain’ caused and promises ‘to repair the error’

Cartes,Maduro and Dilma during the recent Unasur summit in Paramaribo

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro apologized to his peer Paraguayan peer Horacio Cartes for any ‘pain’ caused to Paraguay and promised a ‘sacrifice’ to repair the ‘error’, according to sources from both presidents and from Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff who sponsored the meeting between the two heads of state in the framework of the recent Unasur VII summit in Suriname.

Saturday, August 31st 2013 - 18:03 UTC

Unasur embarrassment: Suriname president’s son arrested by US on drug and arms trafficking

President Desi Bouterse and son Dino, head of the country’s anti-terrorist unit (Pic Reuter)

Suriname opposition legislators have called on President Desi Bouterse to resign as well as to clarify the circumstances surrounding the arrest of his son by United States law enforcement authorities in Panama earlier this week.

Thursday, August 29th 2013 - 01:02 UTC

Unasur summit will formally receive Paraguay at its summit in Suriname

President Horacio Cartes could be meeting with his Venezuelan peer at the summit

Unasur leaders will welcome Paraguay’s return to the group and will honour the memory of deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during this week’s summit in Suriname that will be taking the chair of the group from Peru.

Monday, August 19th 2013 - 13:17 UTC

Paraguay’s Cartes will attend Unasur summit in Suriname; ‘informal’ meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro?

President Cartes and his Venezuela peer Maduro will be attending the same event in Suriname

Paraguay’s newly inaugurated president Horacio Cartes will be attending the Unasur summit (Union of South American Nations), scheduled for the end of the month in Paramaribo, Suriname, when most probably he will ‘come across’ with his Venezuelan peer Nicolas Maduro, announced the Paraguayan foreign ministry. Paraguay and Venezuela currently have no diplomatic links.

Friday, August 16th 2013 - 02:57 UTC

Paraguay new president pledges ‘war on poverty’ and improved relations with neighbours

Cartes during his first speech as a new President surrounded by his cabinet and special guests

Conservative businessman Horacio Cartes was sworn in as president of Paraguay on Thursday, amid slowly improving relations with South American neighbors, and Mercosur members, damaged by the 2012 removal of populist President Fernando Lugo, who was impeached on incompetence.

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


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