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Paraguay to appeal Mercosur sanctions before the The Hague Court of Justice

Wednesday, August 8th 2012 - 18:21 UTC
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President Federico Franco has plans to address the UN General Assembly  President Federico Franco has plans to address the UN General Assembly

The Paraguayan government had decided to appeal before the International Court of Justice in The Hague the suspension imposed on Paraguay by the governments of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as a sanction for the removal of Fernando Lugo as president of the country, last June 22.

Foreign Affairs minister Jose Fernandez Estigarribia said Paraguay was only waiting for the report from a Spanish jurist who had been consulted on the issue and thus strengthen the arguments to be presented in The Hague against the decision from the three presidents.

Paraguay rejects the sanctions and also the decision to accept Venezuela into the regional block since it considers the measure “void and null” since it was adopted ignoring the opinion of Paraguay, the fourth full and founding member of Mercosur.

Fernandez Estigarribia acknowledged that his ministry already has two juridical reports with contradicting positions on the issue.

The minister was quick to ensure that currently “there are no negotiations” with the other members of Mercosur for the lifting of the suspension which is to hold until national elections scheduled to take place April 2013.

Paraguayan president Federico Franco meeting with journalists at Government House revealed he had information from the Organization of American States Permanent Council that will be holding a special session at the end of the month to decide on the situation of the country.

OAS has yet to state a position regarding the suspension of Paraguay from Mercosur, including the impeachment process of Fernando Lugo and his replacement by Federico Franco at the end of last June. While Mercosur and Unasur have sanctioned Paraguay, the OAS is divided.

President Franco also revealed that he is planning to attend the UN annual General Assembly next September, when leaders from all over the world meet to discuss global issues.

“God providing, I have plans to address the General Assembly and tell the world what really happened in Paraguay”, said Franco during a ceremony delivering books and an internet centre to school children.

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  • ChrisR

    Even should Paraguay win their case, the rest of the lefties who now run Mercosur will just ignore the decision. Why change the habit of a lifetime?

    Quite why anybody should defend a man, who as a Bishop, fathered so many children, having broken his sacred vow to the Church of abstaining from sex.

    He is a joke with many T shirts proclaiming 'I am NOT the child of Lugo' to be seen in many LatAm countries.

    Aug 08th, 2012 - 07:48 pm 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    By the time the Court reaches a judgement I imagine it will be after April, so it will be a moot point

    Aug 08th, 2012 - 11:15 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    What will mercosur do if the ICJ rules that the admission of Venezuela is illegitimate? Prove to the world that it doesn't care what a legitimate court with jurisdiction rules? In my view, mercosur is already illegitimate and I am looking for the British government to put pressure on the European Commission to permanently withdraw from “negotiations” for any sort of agreements with such an unacceptable organisation.

    Aug 09th, 2012 - 09:33 am 0
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