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Mercosur divided on the Gaza Strip statement; Paraguay dissented

Thursday, July 31st 2014 - 07:39 UTC
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“Paraguay favors dialogue and rejects all forms of violence”, said Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga “Paraguay favors dialogue and rejects all forms of violence”, said Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga

Paraguay strongly objected a draft Mercosur declaration on Gaza which wanted to openly support Palestine and unilaterally condemn Israel's bombings and incursions, according to sources at the group's summit which took place Tuesday in Caracas.

 Apparently during discussions on the declaration, Venezuela proposed a strong statement in support of Palestine, but contrary to the majority of Mercosur members, the Paraguayan president refused to sign it, which caused disappointment among his fellow heads of state.

“We can never support a declaration on those terms. Paraguay favors dialogue and rejects all forms of violence”, said Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga, who added that Paraguay supports the peace negotiations proposed by Egypt in the framework of the United Nations.

According to sources President Cristina Fernandez made a strong appeal in support of the pro-Palestine declaration emphasizing on all the children and mothers that are being indiscriminately killed by the bombings.

Venezuelan president who made the original draft is known to be an advocate of Hamas, which is fighting Israel.

Since former president Hugo Chavez took office and Chavism has been the leading political force in the country, Venezuela has openly sided with the fundamentalist groups and has had problems at home with the Jewish community.

Argentina's Cristina Fernandez on at least two occasions mediated between Chavez and the Venezuelan Jewish community.

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff said it was imperative that all hostilities cease immediately in the Gaza zone and a solution is found to avoid the “outrageous use of force”. In Brazil the president was quoted describing the Gaza situation as a 'massacre'.

Finally the declaration was supported by Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay and Bolivia, stating that they reject the use of excessive force by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

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  • Clyde15

    The only people who can sort this out are the Palestinians and the Israelis.
    Whatever Mercosur declare will not make a jot of a difference.
    You have an almost insurmountable problem. On one hand you have Israeli Zionists who firmly believe that God granted them the land of Israel which is non negotiable and Hamas whose aim is the destruction of Israel.

    Please send in a solution and win the Nobel Peace Prize !

    Jul 31st, 2014 - 08:54 am 0
  • Idlehands

    They need a biblical flood and then they can start over.

    Where do I claim my prize?

    Jul 31st, 2014 - 09:23 am 0
  • cornelius

    The lefties are murderers they will support any terrorist to get their way they are bringing to south America the issues to south America, they are bringing terrorism to south America what a bunch of idiots self-centered the military should have finish all of them they are a plague. Paraguay you are still the only sane country in a sea of idiots.

    Jul 31st, 2014 - 10:09 am 0
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