The special Unasur commission that is monitoring and following political events in Paraguay since the removal of Fernando Lugo as president and his replacement by Federico Franco, is expected to make a first presentation next Thursday said Peruvian Foreign affairs minister Rafael Roncagliolo.
“Despite the fact the countries which make up the Union of South American Nations do not have ambassadors currently in Asuncion, delegations are working on a report to be presented on 9 July for consideration of the high level meeting the following Monday, July13” anticipated Roncagliolo.
The minister said that diplomats from the different embassies are drafting the report on the Paraguayan situation, and “most probably on Monday following its consideration there will be an official statement from the Unasur special committee in charge of monitoring Paraguay”.
Roncagliolo made the comments during a press conference in Lima next to Brazilian Foreign Affairs minister Antonio Patriota. Unasur as well as Mercosur suspended Paraguay from their organizations until next year’s April presidential elections. However Unasur went further and named a special high level commission to monitor the situation.
Peru currently holds the rotating chair of Unasur, and a former Peruvian prime minister is head of the special high level committee. Paraguay had the chair for this period but following the removal of Lugo Unasur passed it on to Peru.
“It’s a process that is advancing and is coordinated by Brazil and Peru with other Unasur countries, something which is extensive to all forums and to the Ibero-American summit scheduled for November in Cadiz, Spain” affirmed Roncagliolo
“What we all wish and are working for, is the quickest possible re-integration of Paraguay to Unasur, once the minimum democratic conditions have been compiled with”, said the Peruvian chancellor.
The Unasur high level group monitoring Paraguay is made up of Salomon Lerner from Peru; Brazilian ambassador Guillermo Patriota; Argentina’s Rodolfo Mattarollo; Chile’s Arturo Fernandois; Lorena Escudero from Ecuador and Glenn Alvares from Suriname.
In his closing words Roncagliolo said that Paraguay suffered “a rupture of the democratic order to which Unasur could not remain still” but at the same time members of Unasur are determined “to accompany and support the process of democratic restoration in the country”.