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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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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. Read full article


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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 - Link - Report abuse 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 - Link - Report abuse 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 - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    There has been international collusion and illegality.
    It would be good to show that the incorporation of Mercosur into Venezuela is an illegality following the earlier international illegality within Mercosur.

    Aug 09th, 2012 - 10:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    ChrisR, it doesn't matter for Paraguay, if Mercosur ignores the rulings of the court of justice, in regards to the fact they will not be included into the “club” anymore.

    But it matters to the honour of the Nation of Paraguay to demonstrate to the whole world what has been done to them, and show the real face and attitude of the members of the Mercosur.

    Aug 09th, 2012 - 12:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BAMF Paraguay

    If Britain and other countries want to make a show of their disgust of the inclusion of Venezuela in Mercosur, just make a bilateral trade deal with Paraguay. At this moment, Paraguay can make a trade deal with anyone without the restrictions of the Mercosur agreement. It is a great oportunity to get products into Mercosur without having to pay the restrictive tariffs imposed by the trade block. Already Britain reopened its embassy in Paraguay and that may be the first sign of a future agreement being drafted.

    Aug 09th, 2012 - 12:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    A link Paraguay is the largest exporter of electricity in the world. Its only customers Brazil and Argentina? There are mutterings about restricting these supplies. I t will be interesting to see what happens then

    Aug 09th, 2012 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    7 redpoll (#)

    Thanks for the link, what I found most interesting were the 2 comments!!!!!

    Aug 09th, 2012 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    Yes I seem to recall there was a breakdown at Itaipu and half the lights in Brazil went out

    Aug 09th, 2012 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ottona

    1. First look at the map- notice where and HOW Paraguay is located! 2. Visit Paraguay and find out how it is like and observe the people! That is the recommended REALITY CHECK! It may also help to check the date - it is 2012 amd good old Europe has problems of its own, especially Britain with its “banks”: BARKLEY, HSBC, STANDARD CHARTERED, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - even too criminal for the New Yaaarkers to stomach!

    Aug 10th, 2012 - 05:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Could the Falkland Islands trade with Paraguay?

    Aug 10th, 2012 - 11:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cornelius

    #11 there is an agreement among all the Mercoleft countries not to supply any products to the Falkland Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil they also prohibit any vessel or airplane from the Falkland to land in any of those countries or use any ports
    The only alternative is Chile but they are in a very difficult situation because of the commercial dealing with Argentina the only logic conclusion is Paraguay yes they should trade with them and I believe they will, They have nothing too loose but gain.

    Aug 11th, 2012 - 08:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redpoll

    Problem is Paraguay is a landlocked country. Any water borne trade depends on the Parana river which runs through Argentina. Yes it is classified as an international waterway by treaty but wiil Argentina respect the treaty? Hmmmmmm. On previous showings definitely not. Any overland trade with Chile would have to go through Argentina or Bolivia

    Aug 11th, 2012 - 09:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    Considering the situation of Paraguay, I think they have the perfect moment to start asking for their territory back, that Argentina took from them. As a landlocked country, and based on that Argentina tends to claim back supposedly old territory back (Falklands) they will surely also support and cooperate in giving back Chaco, Formosa and Missiones back to Paraguay, so last ones would have an easier access to the Atlantic (same as Argentina also support Bolivia in their claim to access the Pacific, it would be consequent)

    Aug 11th, 2012 - 10:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BAMF Paraguay

    #14 - Love the idea. Brazil should also give back the Mato Grosso do Sul region as it was also Paraguay's before the Triple Alliance War. Or Argentina can be like Paraguay and accept defeat but still hold their head up high and move on.

    As for being landlocked country, it can be an obstacle for development here, but nothing that can't be surpassed. One of my teachers would send Tilapia fish by airplane to Miami every day. If the country is free and has low taxes, trade will figure a way out.

    Aug 13th, 2012 - 01:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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