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Paraguay could appeal Mercosur sanctions before the International Court of Justice

Monday, July 23rd 2012 - 19:16 UTC
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Paraguay is prepared to demand Mercosur co-members before the International Court of Justice at The Hague for what it describes as “violation of signed treaties” and sustained “international isolation” following the rejection of an appeal to have sanctions lifted. Read full article


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  • Spainexpat

    The ICJ would rule in Paraguay's favour, but more than likely the ruling would be ignored and it is doubtful it would ever get to that stage before next April.

    Jul 23rd, 2012 - 07:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EnginnerAbroad

    Another argument in consideration are the statements from Uruguayan president Jose Mujica during the Mendoza Mercosur summit when he justified the decisions saying that sometimes “the political must prevail over the juridical”

    Wow, statements like that could create a dangerous presedence in Mercsour law. i.e. if as long as WE fell it is in the best ploitical intrest we can disregard the actual laws and do what we want. Mercscour really is becoming closer in its new members political ideals than I first thought.

    Paraguay has a very strong case to put in front of the ICJ, Mercosur have disregarded and broken signed and ratified international agreements. The inclusion of Venezula is ilegal under Mercosur law. Be intresting to see what happends when the ICJ say just this and demand Venezula is removed. I see Paraguay leaving Mercosur and forming closer ties with Chile, Peru, EU and USA. The latters support they will probably obtained by allowing the US to build a milatry and air base in Paraguay along with insurnaces that they will defend Paraguay rights against its bully neighbours.

    Jul 23rd, 2012 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jerry

    Several times I have seen posts here about a U.S. military base in Paraguay. Where did this rumor(?) originate? I have never read about, nor talked to anybody, who has even mentioned a U.S. military base in Paraguay, nor the plans to have one. Can someone help?

    Jul 23rd, 2012 - 08:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I think Pepe must have had a brainstorm of some sort to come out with this nonsense.

    Bet he wouldn't stand for it if the opposition ignore all the laws of Uruguay.

    I must admit this is so out of character from only 12 months ago that I am beginning to wonder if he is ill or in the first stages of dementia.

    Jul 23rd, 2012 - 08:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    Chris Does Pepe have a brain to storm?

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 12:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @3 Try Otherwise just Google “u.s. base paraguay”.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 09:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    If the Court finds in favour of the Paraguyan golpista oligarchy, which I doubt, what would that mean? Forcing Argentina Brazil and Uruguay to unite with a country they want nothing to do with (golpista Paraguay) and disunite with a country they want links with (democratic Venezuela)! Surely in the result of such an absurd situation, Argentina Brazil and Uruguay could all just leave Mercosur on mass and found a new group involving Venezuela, and Parauay could be “Mercosur” all on its own!

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 11:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Spainexpat

    @ BK

    I always enjoy reading your windups! “democratic Venezuela” You do make me laugh. :)))

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 11:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @7 Have to agree with Spainexpat. Except that I know you aren't on a windup. You really are as thick as 50 short planks. And then some! But now I begin to understand why you get a hard-on for CFK. Like her, you have lost touch with reality. In other words, it would be difficult to distinguish between you and a seriously disturbed psychotic loser! Think of yourself like this. A prat by any other name is still a prat.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 02:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EnginnerAbroad


    You see it is very easy to be reelcted when you control the majority of the media outlets in a country. Fine or shut down the media outlets which diagree with you, implement laws which allow you to fill the supreme court with your own supports, imprison judges who make decisions which are against your politcal ambitions. This is how Chavez controls Venezula. He is the poster boy for sociapaths.

    If you dont believe me about the above please read the Human Rights Watch repoort released last week which details the human rights and freedom of speach violations being commited by Chavez and his government.

    How can you call yourself left wing and support a country which is clearly taking steps to limit its citizens human rights? This would be akin to the conservative party of the UK owning the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and five and making sure that the labour party did not get any air time to critise the government. This is a scary thought I am sure you would agree and certianly not something I would wish to see.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 02:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    With the evidence at hand in witch Paraguay only concern is to become an obtacle to the progress of mercosur rather then a untier of the block we can now move on with the integration of Venezuela and let Paraguay sort out their political future with EU and USA as they seem to be doing now, from a southamerican to Paraguay, good luck and so long, we can't allow dividers in mercosur nor can we allow for member to work against the progress of the mercosur block.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 02:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @11 Why is there no justice? Why are you allowed to continue to breathe? But then you aren't on the spot, are you? You're away in one of the products of the British Empire. No doubt thieving like all latino scum.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 05:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    #12 All latino scum??? Scum me?? Maybe but not Bias racist SOB as you, I am American and from North to south we are free from europe scums and perverts too bad you don't know much about America but when you do come try the places where the sign reads we speak English since that might be the only language you understand. Malvinas Argentina and Canada existed way before UK became a country I don't recall british building it, it wasn't written in the Bible or in any history books. By the way I rather be a scum then a pervert like you. Paraguay was set up by EU and USA and now will have to sit and cry in court with them, the sad side is it's surrounded by countries made enemies by their own betrayal of mercosur and for acting as a obstacle to the block. Stupid is as stupid does.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 05:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    USA will never have an air base in Paraguay. It has absoltutely no way to justify it as there is ZERO logistical need for air bases there, who are they going to bomb? Iran is not in Antarctica.

    Which means the Chinese and Russians will surely pulverise US image international by pointing it out, the EU will receive heavy pressure from Mercosur and so they will come out and publicly pillory the US, and they will have all of Latin America up in arms because you can be sure Argentina (as it did with the Falklands), will be even MORE succesful in putting the US in a very bad position... and then the direct pressure of Brazil and Argentina.

    There are absolutely no benefits to it, and at least a dozen geopolitical costs. Never gonna happen.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 06:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    You're right, trouble on the horizon. If politicians or countries don't adhere to the law then they are on the road to oblivion. If Uruaguay does not follow the law it will be bad news. Argentina already dismisses self determination for falklanders which is central to the reason d'etre of the UN. It ignores its own constitution and now ignores its mercosur treaty. Bad things are going down in the latin quarter.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 09:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    When Paraguay got the boot and Venezuela got in real justice took place in mercosur, justice is swift in mercosur nowdays.

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 08:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornelius

    Venezuela is the most democratic country after Syria and Iran free loving leaders of the free world of course a little terror enforcement like the farc Iranian terror in Argentina and Syria army enforcement of democratic rules go a long way in Latin America that is also why Cuba broke relations with the unelected government of Paraguay of course Cuba love of freedom and his democratic tradition can render such judgment on Paraguay.

    Jul 29th, 2012 - 03:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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