Venezuela

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Monday, August 1st 2016 - 13:09 UTC

Venezuela announces it now holds the chair of Mercosur; strong objections from Paraguay (and Brazil)

The president Nicolas Maduro administration made the announcement despite the objections from both Paraguay and Brazil

Venezuela announced to fellow Mercosur members that for the rest of the year it was the new chair of the group, following on the expiration of Uruguay's six month mandate on Saturday, 30 July. The news was released by Spain's official news agency EFE, which alleges to have had access to the letter sent by the Venezuelan foreign ministry to the other four members.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 06:30 UTC

Mercosur: Brazil and Paraguay's rejection of Venezuela is “a desperate attitude”

Minister Rodríguez said ”it is impossible that the compliance of the (Mercosur) treaty can't be respected”. It is a desperate attitude from Brazil and Paraguay

Brazil and Paraguay's rejection to Venezuela holding the Mercosur rotating chair sounds much like a “desperate” attitude, but nevertheless it is unpostponable, said Venezuela foreign minister Delcy Rodríguez: ”it is impossible that the compliance of the (Mercosur) treaty can't be respected”.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 05:39 UTC

Mercosur limbo: Uruguay's presidency is over, who will hold the rotating chair ?

Last Wednesday Uruguayan foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa cancelled a meeting of the Common Market Council scheduled for this Saturday

Uruguay made public on Friday a letter sent to Mercosur fellow full members stating the finalization, this Saturday 30 July, of its six-month presidency of the group, which means the rotating chair “should be transferred to Venezuela”. The letter was accompanied by a 32 page report of its six-month as chair of the group, particularly intense because of the trade negotiations with the European Union.

Friday, July 29th 2016 - 13:25 UTC

Uruguay will not fund Turkey ticket for vanished ex Guantanamo inmate who surfaced in Venezuela

Dhiab is one of six former Guantanamo prisoners who were resettled in Uruguay after being released by U.S. authorities in 2014, invited by ex President Jose Mujica

The Uruguayan government announced on Thursday it will not fund the return trip or to Turkey or any third country, of former Guantanamo prisoner, Jihad Ahmad Dhiab who went missing for over a month and this week turned up at the Uruguayan consulate in Caracas, Venezuela.

Thursday, July 28th 2016 - 11:23 UTC

Uruguay will transfer Mercosur chair to Venezuela, despite objections from Brazil and Paraguay

Tabare Vazquez had instructed foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa to comply with the alphabetical order Mercosur presidency transfer as originally planned.

Despite objections from Brazil and Paraguay, Uruguay next Saturday 30 July will transfer to Venezuela the rotating chair of Mercosur for the second half of the year, as indicated in the “group's rules and regulations”.

Tuesday, July 26th 2016 - 17:42 UTC

Nephews of Venezuela's First Lady confess to trying to smuggle 800 kilos of cocaine to the US

Efraín Campo and Francisco Flores were arrested last November in Haiti in a sting operation coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Two nephews of Venezuela’s powerful first lady Cilia Flores, confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the US, according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case. The court filings by prosecutors shed new light on the case that has sounded alarm bells about high-level corruption and drug trafficking by Venezuela’s political elite at a time of increasing economic and political turmoil in the country.

Monday, July 25th 2016 - 11:20 UTC

Paraguay and Brazil reiterate “Venezuela is a non full member of Mercosur”

“Paraguay is still awaiting a reply from the presentation made for the Mercosur meeting with respect of Venezuela and the Ushuaia Protocol”, said Eladio Loizaga.

Paraguay announced officially that it will not be attending the Common Market Council of Mercosur in Montevideo next 30 July, if the agenda includes the transfer of the group's presidency to Venezuela.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - 06:35 UTC

Rousseff's great mistake was to allow Venezuela into Mercosur, says Brazilian minister

Serra described the policies of ex president Lula and suspended Rousseff as “populist”, distanced from the real international interests of Brazil.

Brazil committed a great mistake on supporting Venezuela to the Mercosur trade agreement back in 2012, and the country must be impeded from taking over the pro-tempore presidency of the group until it complies with all the requisites to be a full member, said Brazil's foreign minister Jose Serra.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 05:11 UTC

Mercosur asks Venezuela for 'democratic and human rights gestures' before transferring the group's chair

“Let political prisoners free, show a commitment to democratic values and human rights, otherwise there will be no consensus”, Loizaga said in Asunción

Mercosur members are requesting from Venezuela concrete gestures in favor of democracy and human rights if they are to consider the transfer of the group's pro tempore chair from Uruguay to Caracas, pointed out Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga a day after the group was unable to reach a consensus on the issue that has become particularly controversial when not frustrating.

Tuesday, July 12th 2016 - 08:03 UTC

Neighbors Stand Up to Venezuela

“You can be elected democratically but lose legitimacy over time through your actions,” Eladio Loizaga Caballero, the foreign minister of Paraguay said

By New York Times Editorial Board

This summer, Venezuela was poised to assume the rotating presidency of Mercosur, a trade bloc that includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. But at the urging of Paraguay, Mercosur heads of state are considering blocking Venezuela, at least temporarily, citing the erosion of democracy there.

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