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Venezuelan situation could delay the Mercosur summit scheduled for March

Monday, February 24th 2014 - 04:49 UTC
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Loizaga said that Mercosur members are in permanent contact Loizaga said that Mercosur members are in permanent contact

The Mercosur summit is still scheduled for March but given the current situation in Venezuela, host of the event, “there could be another delay” admitted Paraguay's Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga, who added that there are permanent contacts between members countries to try and avoid another scenario.

 “Venezuela holds the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur and thus is host of the summit. We hope they find as soon as possible a way back to normality, through dialogue. Dialogue is the only lubricant possible for any democracy”, said Loizaga who was asked about the current situation in Venezuela during an official ceremony to honor the French ambassador.

“But, I insist and please underline it, we want to hold the Mercosur summit in Venezuela, in March as programmed” underlined Loizaga.

On Sunday Paraguay president Horacio Cartes said that the landlocked country stands by the Mercosur statement on the Venezuelan situation. “Going further than that would mean interfering in the internal affairs of the country”.

“It has become the everyday issue; remember that not so long ago we were arguing in favor of no interference in our internal affairs, and now some have been asking for such an option or at least a stronger attitude. I believe that we all have to ask God that dialogue prevails and that people can express themselves”, said Cartes.

“Seeing all that violence, the students in the streets, people killed, injured, it is painful so let's hope they can work out a quick way out through dialogue, sooner than later; we abhor violence, we condemn violence”, he added.

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  • ChrisR

    I posted when they announced it was March, “did they mean 2015”?

    Seems I might have got it right.

    What a complete farce of a country, I wonder how long it will take the bus driver that he is on his own, apart from 50,000 Cuban “advisors”?

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 10:14 am 0
  • bushpilot

    Go nowhere, fall far behind the rest of the world, and then get re-elected because it isn't fair the rest of the world went somewhere.

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 07:06 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Here in faraway Chile is a growing community of middle class Venezuelans that have escaped for a more stable lifestyle. They all remain in close contact with their homeland and the gossip we hear is astounding.
    I lived through the UP period in Santiago during the 70's, but it seems that the current economic and political atmosphere in Caracas is far worse.
    Forget about toilet paper and cooking oil and instead imagine hospitals without medicine and electricity...

    Feb 24th, 2014 - 07:07 pm 0
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