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Paraguay downplays Mujica’s warning calling for a ‘pragmatic’ return to Mercosur

Wednesday, July 31st 2013 - 06:31 UTC
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Paraguay’s incoming government foreign policy advisor Eladio Loizaga downplayed Mercosur veiled warning calling for a quick return of the country to the block because ‘Paraguay is landlocked and needs the Parana River and the River Plate to reach the sea’. Read full article


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  • Anglotino

    Keep it up Paraguay.

    You've got them in a flap and are only summing new friends and respect with this stronger and more forthright attitude.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 08:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Oh dear, looks like Paraguay is demanding its “rights”. Only one answer. Venezuela needs to be returned to its previous “candidate” status. The mercosur presidency needs to be given to Paraguay for a full 6-month term. And mercosur needs to abjectly apologise and admit that its actions were illegitimate.

    Go Paraguay.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 08:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Elena

    A good answer.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 08:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Biguggy

    How can anyone, be they an individual, organisation or even a State(country) have any respect for an organisation that does not respect/abide by its own constitution?

    Go for it Paraguay, either make 'them' abide by their constitution or walk away.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 12:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The congenital commie idiots of Brazil, The Dark Country, Uruguay and Venezuela are making themselves look more stupid over this every day.

    And to pick Pepe to ‘give a message’ is like asking Gollum to tell the truth: ‘it ain’t ever going to happen in the way they thought’.

    I love Uruguay and the people of Uruguay (apart from the thugs in MVD) but oh my, they do pick their “Rulers”.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 01:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • bushpilot

    “Mujica apparently was chosen by the other associates to send the strong message to Paraguay”

    How did the above become known? Where did Mercopress get this from? The key word here might be “apparently”. Why is it “apparent” that Mujica was chosen as a messenger for this message? Again, where did this come from?

    Mujica was “speaking with the official Cuban News Agency”. That is who Mercopress got this information from?!!

    In this article, not even Advisor Loizaga “specifically” accuses Pepe of threatening Paraguay. ““I don’t know in what context President Mujica made the comments”.

    When Pepe pointed out the Rivers Parana and Plate as significant conduits for Paraguay's trade, was it clearly insinuated as a threat of blockade?

    Is it possible Pepe was only pointing out a geographical reality. Do most of Paraguay's exports travel on these rivers and enter into the economies on the Atlantic? Or no?

    I still think Mercosur is a basket case of a system. Probably due to Argentina. The CFK administration has “the touch of death”, they ruin everything they come near. Is Mercosur really helping the regular people of these countries?

    Also, what does this mean?
    “through where most of the Mediterranean country’s trade is channelled.” What Mediterranean country?!

    This seems like piss poor translating. Not even proof read. Also, this title,

    “Mujica in veiled message tells Paraguay to return to Mercosur and remember it’s a landlocked country”. I think the common phrase is, “veiled threat”.

    I have another question;

    Would Mercopress purposely skew a Spanish to English translation to cater to the sentiments of its readers?

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @6 Think about it. How would Paraguay, be it Franco or Cartes, respond to words from the mad bitch? Rousseff got her invitation to Cartes rejected. Maduro would be a non-starter. Who's left?

    Are you not aware of how “messages” are passed “obliquely”?

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 02:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • bushpilot

    I can't see from what I read that this was a veiled “message” to Paraguay. Maybe in this paragraph,

    “But Mujica also underlined that the suspension imposed on Paraguay in June 2012 was “mostly symbolic” since trade was not frozen or traffic along the rivers that connect Paraguay with the open sea, paralyzed.”

    So you think this was indeed a threat by Argentina and Uruguay to blockade Paraguayan trade on the Rio Plate?

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 03:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    should do what is best for them.
    not what is best for other countries.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 03:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Briton, Paraguay is not country. Paraguay belongs Brazil, BAMF where are you?

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 03:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    And you can prove this can you..

    she is intitled to her freedom to what is best for them.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 03:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    I can with my eyes. You too, with your eyes. With statistics, with employes, with wealth, with growth, with ALL. Paraguay is ours, believe me, my friend.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 03:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    come come, if brazil can claim Paraguay ,

    then the great CFK can claim Brazil,
    would you want to be called argentinian..?

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BAMF Paraguay


    Brazilians, like myself, have left Brazil because the government is unable to offer a good enviornment for businesses. The high taxes, high regulations, poor trade relations, make it difficult for small and medium companies to operate in Brazil. For these reasons us Brazilians have left and gone to Paraguay. Our children are no longer Brazilians but Paraguayans. Though we maintain many of our Brazilian culture, we have no desire to be a part of something that we already have experienced and rejected.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 09:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    What up with Mercopress? Time stamps are all over the place - it says 00.02 UTC at the top of the page but it is actually 04.02 UTC.

    What time will it say when I hit submit?

    Aug 01st, 2013 - 12:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    I have contacted MP and asked for an explanation of how they record times. It seems that I can post in the middle of the night when I am crashed out. Maybe I have some supernatural power so that my thought waves enter my computer and post themselves. That IS creepy !

    Aug 01st, 2013 - 04:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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