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Paraguay has received no invitation for the Mercosur June summit

Tuesday, May 28th 2013 - 00:11 UTC
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Foreign minister Fernandez Estigarribia: no letter in the mail box Foreign minister Fernandez Estigarribia: no letter in the mail box

Paraguayan Foreign minister Jose Fernandez Estigarribia said on Monday that so far Asuncion has not received any invitation from Mercosur to attend the coming summit at the end of June, and there haven’t been any talks about the issue. Last week the Argentine ambassador in Uruguay Dante Dovena had anticipated that Paraguay would be attending the Mercosur summit.

“We want to return to Mercosur according to law, as it must be done. So far I have received no indication to attend that meeting” said the Paraguayan minister.

Nevertheless he admitted that Paraguay wants to sit down and talk with its Mercosur partners, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. And one of the issues of the agenda is the incorporation of Venezuela, and respect for Paraguayan rule of the law and constitutional system.

When asked about the alleged strong lobby from Brazil to prevent Paraguay from becoming an observer of the Alliance of the Pacific, during this block’s summit, Fernandez Estigarribia said he became aware of the situation through the media, “that was all”.

However he took time to express Paraguay’s gratitude towards the governments of Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico “for having included our country in the block”.

Paraguay is currently suspended from Mercosur because of the removal a year ago of Fernando Lugo and his replacement by President Federico Franco. The removal followed impeachment by the Senate which overwhelmingly voted against Lugo basically accusing him of incompetence, but it was all done according to the mechanism established in the Paraguayan constitution.

However Mercosur members, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay claimed the removal had been a ‘congressional coup’ and suspended Paraguay until the next presidential election when the situation would be reviewed.

Furthermore in the absence of Paraguay the remaining members approved the incorporation of Venezuela that had been blocked by the Paraguayan Senate since 2006 because it considered the regime of former president Hugo Chavez lacked the necessary democratic credentials.

On April 21, Horacio Cartes was elected president of Paraguay and is scheduled to take office on August 15. Brazilian diplomacy has said that the new Paraguayan government will not be recognized until it takes office in August.

Categories: Politics, Mercosur, Paraguay.

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  • Chicureo

    Well, my first reaction would be to send Mercosur to hell, but after thinking about it, I would play along with all the BS and patiently wait while rapidly developing new trade agreements . Obviously, Brazil and Argentina will object, but the whole trading block is a joke. Paraguay needs to retain its independence and get away from their thug neighbors.

    May 28th, 2013 - 12:29 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Paraguay needs to do what is in the best interest of Paraguay not SA. If it so happens that SA benefits from Paraguay's actions, Paraguay can tip their hats. Working in conjunction with SA countries as a whole has proved to be a disaster. Let the 3 amiga's fend for themsevles. Rest asure that not all countries in SA want to be a Bolarvarian commie. When you look at Cuba and Venezuela, as tempting as they are, they reasonable minded are say......thanks but no thanks.

    May 28th, 2013 - 01:05 am 0
  • Baxter

    1 and 2 . Many thanks for your comments . I have nothing to add , you both took the words out of my mouth ! I can now sleep well , we are not alone .

    May 28th, 2013 - 01:34 am 0
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