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Uruguayan government insists in transferring Mercosur presidency to Venezuela

Friday, July 8th 2016 - 04:56 UTC
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A release from Uruguay's foreign ministry, which was not signed by Nin Novoa, reiterates its decision to transfer the Mercosur chair to Venezuela A release from Uruguay's foreign ministry, which was not signed by Nin Novoa, reiterates its decision to transfer the Mercosur chair to Venezuela
Although Jose Serra despises the “ideological” Mercosur, he called for a suspension of the transfer until Venezuela fully complies with incorporation rules Although Jose Serra despises the “ideological” Mercosur, he called for a suspension of the transfer until Venezuela fully complies with incorporation rules
Macri in Spain said Venezuela was violating all human rights and anticipated that ”we (Argentina) will be presiding over Mercosur in the coming months” Macri in Spain said Venezuela was violating all human rights and anticipated that ”we (Argentina) will be presiding over Mercosur in the coming months”
President Vazquez trying to govern with an unruly coalition and no funds to appease radicals, needs to approve an austerity budget with votes from Venezuela admirers  President Vazquez trying to govern with an unruly coalition and no funds to appease radicals, needs to approve an austerity budget with votes from Venezuela admirers
In Paraguay both the Executive and the Legislative reject point blank Venezuela's presidency arguing it's not a country in peace In Paraguay both the Executive and the Legislative reject point blank Venezuela's presidency arguing it's not a country in peace
Argentine Minister Malcorra and her former boss Ban Ki-moon, who is stepping down at the end of the year Argentine Minister Malcorra and her former boss Ban Ki-moon, who is stepping down at the end of the year

Uruguay ratified on Thursday its willingness to transfer the Mercosur presidency to Venezuela despite objections from the other members, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. In a brief statement in its official site, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Uruguay, currently holding the Mercosur pro tempore chair “reiterates its position to proceed to transfer the presidency, in abidance with what is established by the current Mercosur rules”.

 Under the invoked rules, the Mercosur chair is transferred every six months to members based on alphabetical order, which means Venezuela follows on Uruguay, and this should have happened at the end of June or during this month, but the rest of the members disagree.

In Paraguay both the Executive and Legislative are point blank against such transfer since the presidency of Mercosur should rest in a country that is at peace, respectful of human rights and the media, and not involved in threatening to close down the National Assembly under an opposition majority.

In Brazil, interim president Michel Temer has no sympathy for the “ideological” Mercosur (sponsored by her suspended predecessor Dilma Rousseff and her political mentor Lula da Silva), or for the Venezuelan government of president Nicolas Maduro, which it considers has a deep disregard for democratic institutions, human rights, and its economic incompetence is starving its population.

However when foreign minister Jose Serra visited Montevideo earlier this week, Brazil avoided the institutional controversy and pointed its guns to the fact that Venezuela, which became a full member of Mercosur in 2012, has yet to comply with all the protocols and schemes of the group, and which it promised to fulfill.

Thus Serra officially requested the chair, Uruguay, to postpone the transfer until mid August. The legal technicality could become source of strong litigation. At the media conference following the meeting with Uruguayan officials, only Serra spoke.

Finally Argentina, with foreign minister Susana Malcorra bidding for the UN seat of Ban Ki/moon at the end of the year is treading on a minefield, since Venezuela not only is a non permanent member of the Security Council, but has strong backing given its oil generosity when it enjoyed an abundance of dollars. She had to convince president Mauricio Macri to downgrade the level of its condemnation of the Venezuela government, while hoping for some sort of effective dialogue between Maduro and the opposition.

However Macri in his current overseas visit to Europe was quoted by the Spanish media arguing that the Venezuelan government has violated all human rights, and has led the Venezuelan population to starvation and abandonment, and that is why “they need a recall referendum, they need to hold elections as soon as possible”.

Later in Brussels, where he lobbied strongly for speeding the Mercosur/EU trade talks, Macri was quoted affirming: “we will be presiding Mercosur in the months ahead”.

However this Thursday the Argentine foreign ministry aired a brief release in its website congratulating the fact that the Venezuela opposition and government have finally accepted to begin a national dialogue, starting 12 July, under the sponsoring of facilitators. The facilitators are ex Socialist presidents from Spain, Dominican Republic and Panama.

In moments of great concern for the Venezuelan people, Argentina calls on both sides to extreme efforts ahead of any attitude that could put at risk dialogue. Argentina reiterates its willingness to collaborate with this or any other constructive initiative in favor of an effective dialogue which promotes political stability; social and economic recovery; abidance of the constitution and respect for human rights.

Uruguay also has its own internal problems. Foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa refers to Venezuela as an “authoritarian democracy”, but which has not ruptured institutions or disregarded the constitution, thus Venezuela is entitled to be transferred the presidency. But Uruguay is ruled by a coalition, in which its radical half are close friends and admirers of the Chavism path to a Socialist nation and blame foreign forces, US imperialism, bourgeois conspiracies for all of Venezuela's problems.

And president Tabare Vazquez needs all their votes to approve higher taxes, cuts in social expenditure and deferment in promised education and health care investments in an attempt to finance an over bloated budget which threatens the financial stability of the country with inflation and a contracting economy.

No wonder then that the second paragraph of the Uruguayan ministry brief release, which does not carry the signature of Nin Novoa, after a first dissenting lines, states in a conciliatory tone that ”in compliance with the inherent responsibilities of its post and taking into account the existing differences, we will work to analyze and finds paths of encounter which through respectful and deep dialogue, help overcome the important problems currently faced by the process of regional integration.

When Serra visited Montevideo, it was finally agreed that foreign ministers from the four countries will be meeting again in Uruguay next Monday to decide or advance on the Venezuelan issue. This latest release from Uruguay could be torpedoing the meeting or the government of Uruguay is asking for more time to overcome its very serious internal divisions.

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  • ChrisR

    Oh Ninny, you ARE a ninny as is Vasquez who thought this presidency' would be a walk in the park despite the fact that 'No Money Pepe' gave all the money away to the stinking poor and other ridiculous projects including the weed farm which is still to actually supply weed to the pharmacies.

    So, is it 'No Money Vasquez' now? I think it is.

    Jul 08th, 2016 - 10:23 am 0
  • gordo1

    It is always a mistake for an expatriate to criticise his hosts so aggressively - you could end up being expelled!

    You silly man!

    Jul 08th, 2016 - 08:41 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2

    I see you are fulfilling the requirement to be a super delusionist for the RCC in that you IQ is falling with each post you make.

    Just to recap on the FACTS, not fairy tales that you and your girlfriend, The Cracken, make up about me:
    1) I am in my sixth year here and a legal resident;
    2) I pay all the taxes that are levied on me;
    3) When I renew my Cedula (ID card to you) early in the new year I have been advised that I will be asked if I (and my wife) want an Uruguayan Passport;
    4) We have invested a considerable amount of money in the government bank.

    Perhaps you are confused with all the other countries in SA who cannot stand FACTUAL posts, thankfully Uruguay has never been one, even under the rule of the murdering commie bastards known throughout the country as The Broad Fraud.

    BTW, you claim to have been on MP since 2010.

    I wasted 5 minutes of my life on the MP search engine for 2010 and cannot find any reference to your tag. So, I could have made a search error (not likely), you have changed your tag (?), you are mistaken (?) or you are LYING.

    A believer such as yourself would have no problem with that as it just follows in the well trodden path of your 'holy fathers' who lie for a living. There is no evidence of a god, therefor there is NO god.

    Jul 09th, 2016 - 11:40 am 0
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