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The significance of Venezuela for Brazil underlined by the country’s diplomats

Monday, July 30th 2012 - 04:42 UTC
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Brazilian diplomats revealed during a television Globo News debate details of the controversial procedure applied by Mercosur countries to suspend Paraguay and agree the incorporation of Venezuela as full member. Read full article


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  • Pirat-Hunter

    There you go, I am glad we got it all cleared out. In the old days people only had to shake hands to become good friends, now days we need permission from Europeans, USA plus every other community and news paper to just unite, for this reason I am starting to understand why some things are better done in secret and behind close doors, maybe next time!

    Jul 30th, 2012 - 12:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Barbosa WAS right on the juridical aspect of the Ushuaia protocol, saying it was not applied as indicated in the articles.
    It is just not good enough for Simoes to say that the PA diversity of opinion was incorporated; it needed the diversity of opinion of ALL Mercosur participants, this is the Protocol ... in this case, Brasilian opinion.
    Presidential edict (which is what happened) is illegal.

    Simoes WAS right that nothing of what is established in the Mercosur Ushuaia II Protocol was implemented,
    “What was applied was something much simpler, that is the suspension of Paraguay”. This is, of course, a procedure not written into any Mercosur Protocol. Thus, the Protocol was circumvented, therefore illegal.

    As we all knew.
    Smoke and mirrors, smoke and mirrors.

    Barbosa then asked if Venezuela will finally fully comply with the protocol.
    If nobody else does (see above), why should Venezuela?

    There is no hope for this trade bloc in the absence of ethics.

    Jul 31st, 2012 - 09:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornelius

    Latin America was not prepared for the Paraguayan democracy and the constitution of Paraguay.
    If it was parliamentarian system the vote of no confidence in a first world country will go with no controversy and in the next day they will have a new prime minister! but in south America is a problem of perception and the leaders of the mercosur appeal to the ignorance of the people of course not educated between a political trial and a criminal trial can be manipulated by the mercosur convicted criminals.

    Jul 31st, 2012 - 07:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    A good article, clear sighted unlike so much of the sensationalism on here

    Aug 01st, 2012 - 09:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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