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Venezuela's attitude not helping to resolve the Mercosur situation, claims Uruguay

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 16:35 UTC
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“From our point of view Venezuela has not committed an institutional rupture, but it certainly not helping much to solve the situation” said Nin Novoa “From our point of view Venezuela has not committed an institutional rupture, but it certainly not helping much to solve the situation” said Nin Novoa
Maduro has launched a barrage of personal insults to the “triple alliance of South American torturers” in reference to  Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay Maduro has launched a barrage of personal insults to the “triple alliance of South American torturers” in reference to Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay
“Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, by themselves, can't implement any decision referred to the block, since the prevailing rule in Mercosur is the consensus”. “Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, by themselves, can't implement any decision referred to the block, since the prevailing rule in Mercosur is the consensus”.
Nin Novoa said some other mechanism to replace consensus in the decision making process of Mercosur was needed, probably a 'qualified majority' vote Nin Novoa said some other mechanism to replace consensus in the decision making process of Mercosur was needed, probably a 'qualified majority' vote

“Venezuela is not helping much to resolve” the unprecedented situation of Mercosur, said Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa in reference to Venezuela's self proclaimed presidency of the group and which is rejected point blank by Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay who consider the post vacant.

 “The Mercosur situation is of the greatest concern, but the members must work together to find a way out to the situation so that the group does not end up paralyzed” admitted with disappointment Nin Novoa, who does not disapprove of Venezuela's presidency, but describes the Maduro regime as an “authoritarian democracy”.

Nin Novoa admits that the lack of consensus among the four founding members has opened a gap in Mercosur, following Venezuela's unilateral self proclamation to the group's pro tempore rotating chair.

“We need a course of action which does not paralyze the block. From our point of view Venezuela has not committed an institutional rupture, but it certainly not helping much to solve the situation” added Nin Novoa in reference to the radical attitude of Maduro and the barrage of personal insults to the “triple alliance of South American torturers” in reference to Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay “intent in dismantling the Bolivarian revolution and achievements”.

Venezuela has blown up all possible bridges for an understanding but “Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, by themselves, can't implement any decision referred to the block, since the prevailing rule in Mercosur is the consensus”.

Nin Novoa pointed out that “we must think some other mechanism to replace consensus in the decision making process of Mercosur, probably we should consider a 'qualified majority' vote”. Currently consensus means that the dissent from an only member on a situation or any decision, freezes any further action.

The controversy between Venezuela and three members of Mercosur erupted on 29 July when Uruguay ended its six-month term as chair of the block and argued there was “no legal impediment” for Venezuela to take the rotating presidency. However this action was strongly criticized by the other three founding members, with Paraguay suggesting if Uruguay was not satisfied with the process, “they don't need to remain”.

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  • ChrisR

    Love the picture of the clown Ninny Novoa with his ten hand puppets he uses to mesmerize the senators of Uruguay.

    Oh! He's forgotten to put them on, still, they won't notice they are missing!

    :o)

    Aug 11th, 2016 - 06:55 pm 0
  • Skip

    Venezuela may actually destroy Mercosur..... which is funny when you think of the corrupt way they were admitted to the bloc.

    Aug 11th, 2016 - 11:29 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    So Mr. Nin Novoa, does not disapprove of Venezuela's presidency , but describes the Maduro regime as an “authoritarian democracy”.

    He's gotta be joking ... the words “authoritarian” and “democracy” hardly combine....
    Maduro's regime is a dictatorship, plain and simple, where democratic rules don't exist.

    Not that I believe VZ has the power to destroy Mercosul, but even if it did, it might be a good chance for Brazil to start again, from scratch, and to sign some decent trade agreements with countries that matter.

    And the fact that Uruguay is now claiming that “Venezuela's attitude is not helping to resolve the Mercosur situation” is absolutely ridiculous......it is totally their own bloody fault.

    Aug 12th, 2016 - 06:17 pm 0
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