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Brazil expects president-elect Cartes accepts the return of Paraguay to Mercosur

Tuesday, July 16th 2013 - 05:48 UTC
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Patriota said Cartes is acting as if his government was already inaugurated Patriota said Cartes is acting as if his government was already inaugurated

Brazil Foreign minister Antonio Patriota said he expects that Paraguay president-elect Horacio Cartes will accept the return to Mercosur following his taking office ceremony scheduled for next August 15.

“What is important will be to know the position of the new Paraguayan government once in office. Cartes is currently speaking as elected government but has yet to be officially inaugurated”, said Patriota quoted by the government’s news agency Brazil.

Mercosur in its latest summit in Montevideo, July 12, agreed on the return of Paraguay as active member of Mercosur following over a year of suspension because of the removal of then president Fernando Lugo, which was interpreted as a ‘congressional coup’, even when the Paraguayan Senate kept strictly to the rules of impeachment

But on the same day of the suspension the three full members decided the incorporation as full member of Venezuela which until then had been barred by the Paraguayan Senate.

Following the summit Cartes said he had taken notice of the Mercosur decision on Paraguay but reiterated rejection to the incorporation of Venezuela which he argues was done in violation of the Mercosur charter.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on leaving the Montevideo summit over the weekend said that Mercosur presidents will be attending the inauguration of Cartes next August 15 in Asuncion.

“We are all committed to attend the ceremony of president Cartes” said Rousseff who added that the suspension was a ‘political’ decision with no reprisals for the Paraguayan people or impediments to trade, ‘which actually increased’.

“We are confident Paraguay has its place in Mercosur; the return as active member and of the Paraguayan people to Mercosur is essential part of the natural destiny of Paraguay. President Cartes is about to take office and this is a motive of joy and hope for all the presidents”, underlined Rousseff.

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  • Anglotino

    “Mercosur is essential part of the natural destiny of Paraguay”

    God I love it when politicians speak bullshit.

    Jul 16th, 2013 - 06:53 am 0
  • JoseAngeldeMonterrey

    Regardless of whether Paraguay returns to Mercosur or not, the damage to the treaty´s reputation by both illegaly integrating Venezuela and giving Maduro the presiding chair.

    Celac for Raul Castro, Mercosur for Maduro, this only shows the follies of Brazilian and Argentian foreign policies, instead of creating a more vibrant, more wealthy south american community, they are bringing more poverty to the region, more social chaos and more political regression than ever.

    Jul 16th, 2013 - 10:25 am 0
  • Baxter

    This man lives in a world far removed from reality ! It is true that Cartes has not yet taken over as president but the current president , Franco , has fully supported the Cartes position as has the current foreign minister , Frernandez Estigarribia . Pariota must understand that this is the position of the current and incoming governments . The illegal ousting from Mercosur has woken up the people of Paraguay . And , to add insult to injury , the illegal entry of Venezuela .

    Jul 16th, 2013 - 12:38 pm 0
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