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Ban Ki-moon calls for peaceful resolution of Paraguayan situation

Friday, June 29th 2012 - 04:54 UTC
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Ahead of a regional meeting on Paraguay, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on all concerned to “work in the days ahead to ensure the peaceful resolution of differences” which led to the removal of the Paraguayan president. Read full article


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  • Britworker

    Another profound statement from Ban Ki-Moon, I reckon a trained chimp could do his job.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 07:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    Argentina will soon announce that this means the UN has declared the impeachment illegal and that Lugo should be returned to power.

    There doesn't seem to be many details on the web as to why this impeachment has happened and whether it is legal or not.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 08:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 Apparently the matter was kicked off by the deaths in the confrontation between the police and “landless farmers”. I'm not quite sure what “landless farmers” are. Does that mean they are farm workers? Or farmers who have somehow been deprived of their land? I don't know how you can farm without land, unless you count hydroponics? Other items quoted were: insecurity, nepotism, and a “controversial” land purchase.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    Am I the only one who thought an impeachment conforming to their constitution was democratic and legal?

    That's compared to stealing a company going against the constitution which is profoundly undemocratic.

    South-American Logic anyone?

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 10:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    I couldn't really understand what all the fuss is about either but don't understand the situation well enough to comment.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    i also no comment,

    but Ban Ki-moon ,
    wast of space, go snuggle up to CFK

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68


    1) The impeachment proceedure was entirely correct according to the Paraguayan Constitution (PC).
    2) The PC states clearly that the Senate's job is to remove the President, vice-President, etc. from office if more than 2/3 of the senators so decide. In this case the majority was overwhelming.
    3) At this moment the former President Lugo seems to be committing treason by stating that the proceedure was illegal.

    This whole charade has been cooked up by the Presidents of Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, etc. just because most of them are running scared of their electorates, and the others are showing SA solidarity, poor fools.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    It makes no sense to me either.
    The process seems to have been legal.
    The left-leaning counties on the continent have lost an ally, but that is clearly no pretext to sanction a country.
    I think Chile and Colombia are just treading carefully on an issue that could become very divisive, but will declare support for Franco soon.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 02:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    So that's the reason then - the “thin end of the wedge” theory.

    SA governments are worried that after the Arab Spring we'd get a Tango Summer and they'd all fall like dominoes.

    Case closed.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 02:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    I think you are off the mark there.
    The precedent of impeachment is not new. They are not all of a sudden more afraid of impeachment than before.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 03:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #9 The idea that there is any resemblence between the US puppet rulers of the Arab world and strong independent progressive leaders like Cristina is absurd

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 04:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    11 British_Kirchnerist (#)

    In that post, you have made several mistakes:

    1) Since when is the Muslim Brotherhood a US puppet?
    2) Kretina is not strong, she breaks down constantly and cries about Fester.
    3) The only progressive thing she has ever done is to send her fortune to Switzerland.
    4) Kretina independent? She has just tried to sell herself to the Chinese!!!!

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 05:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    12 Simon68
    sadly BK is a CFK supporter .

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 06:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #12 The MB has only just been elected (thankfully, because the other guy was a Mubarak crony), I was talking about the dictators who have been getting overthrown (or clinging on like the king of sectarian Bahrain). Though to answer your question 1) literally, they were used as proxies of the US against Nasser in the 50s and 60s. He was far too brutal in how he dealt with them, but his political project was better than theirs (even though now they are less bad than Mubarak and co). Thankfully Cristina is now pursuing the same kind of progressive politics but with a gentler, woman's touch =) And how does being emotionally open contradict her being strong?!

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 07:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    BKM is like one of those talking toys. Instead of 'to infinity and beyond', he spouts 'I call for a peaceful resolution' whenever he is activated.

    Jun 29th, 2012 - 10:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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