Venezuela

Venezuela
Thursday, June 30th 2016 - 13:22 UTC

Paraguay does not accept Venezuela as Mercosur pro tempore chair; group split in half

Loizaga said Paraguay will not accept Venezuela's presidency since “it's not a good message for Mercosur because we were not consulted, nor was Brazil”.

Mercosur is again split over Venezuela because Paraguay, and apparently Brazil, have not been consulted regarding the decision to hand the pro tempore presidency of the block to Venezuela in July, as was agreed in Montevideo by Uruguay and Argentina.

Tuesday, June 28th 2016 - 06:28 UTC

Mercosur presidential summit off, but chair transfer to Venezuela will be done at foreign ministers' level

“There won't be any presidential summit, but yes the Mercosur chair transfer to Venezuela for the next six months will take place”, pointed out the two ministers

Mercosur presidential summit next July in Montevideo has been cancelled, but the six-month presidency of the group, currently held by Uruguay will be transferred as scheduled to Venezuela, although some conditions of the event are “pending discussion”, said on Monday foreign ministers Susana Malcorra and host Rodolfo Nin Novoa.

Monday, June 27th 2016 - 08:01 UTC

Temer will be absent from Mercosur summit; displeasure with Venezuela

Temer ”does not wish to participate in the solemnity of the event when Venezuela takes over the Mercosur presidency “according to sources in Folha de Sao Paulo.

Brazilian interim president Michel Temer will be absent from the next Mercosur summit scheduled to take place in Montevideo, and this decision is considered a strong message to the Venezuelan government of president Nicolas Maduro that will be taking the group's chair for the next six months.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 06:03 UTC

Maduro-Shannon discuss restarting relations; OAS debates implementing Democratic Charter on Venezuela

US envoy Shannon and Maduro, met after lunch in the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Tom Shannon spoke for nearly two hours with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to re-start relations between the ideologically opposed governments amid a punishing economic crisis in the oil rich country.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:59 UTC

OAS listens to mediators' appeal for government/opposition dialogue in Venezuela

Venezuela called an extraordinary OAS session to update the body about dialogue between the government and opposition

Addressing the OAS Permanent Council, former Spanish president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that reconciliation is an indispensable and essential challenge to overcome the current confrontation situation in Venezuela, and although it will be a long, difficult process, he recommends dialogue efforts should continue.

Wednesday, June 15th 2016 - 07:15 UTC

Kerry announces at OAS assembly high-level talks to ease tensions with Venezuela

 Kerry said the talks would start immediately in Caracas and be led by Thomas Shannon, a veteran of U.S. diplomacy in the region.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced high-level talks to ease tensions with Venezuela's populist government on Tuesday, just hours after he backed calls for a referendum that could force President Nicolas Maduro from office. Kerry said the talks would start immediately in Caracas and be led by Thomas Shannon, a veteran of U.S. diplomacy in the region. Attempts last year at dialogue between the ideological foes were stalled by Venezuela's deepening crisis.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 - 12:23 UTC

Maduro appeals to bureaucratic chicaneries to impede the recall referendum

Maduro's opponents warn Venezuela risks exploding into unrest without a vote on sacking the populist leader, whom they blame for the economic crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's allies asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block a bid to call a referendum on sacking him, accusing the opposition of “fraud.” The move casts doubt on the recall vote sought by the opposition, which accuses the high court of pro-Maduro bias and has clashed with it repeatedly since winning control of congress in December.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 - 08:40 UTC

Venezuela opposition leader in Latin American tour in search for support

 Capriles called on UNASUR and MERCOSUR to back his side's constitutional efforts to remove Maduro via a recall referendum.

One of Venezuelan top opposition leader on Monday launched a tour of Latin American countries to rally support for his side in its bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office. Henrique Capriles, a senior figure in the opposition MUD coalition, was in Paraguay, Argentina and planned to move on to Brazil.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 06:17 UTC

OAS General Assembly: a statement on Falklands/Malvinas can be expected

The OAS general assembly two/day meeting is taking place in Santo Domingo

This Monday evening the Organization of American States 46th General Assembly will officially open in Santo Domingo and this year's convening agenda refers to “Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas”. The two day gathering is also expected to focus on the Venezuela, Haiti and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission situations, and as is the norm, the Falklands-Malvinas issue will be addressed or included in the final declaration.

Friday, June 10th 2016 - 09:54 UTC

Brazil and Paraguay 'deeply' concerned with the economic and human rights condition in Venezuela

Paraguay's Loizaga held his first round of talks with Serra, after having been received by Brazilian interim president Michel Temer.

Brazil and Paraguay foreign ministers Jose Serra and Eladio Loizaga expressed “deep concern” with the Venezuela crisis situation, particularly the “economic and human rights continued deterioration”, and reiterated their two countries willingness to cooperate and promote dialogue.

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