sábado, 30 de junio de 2012

Mercosur suspends Paraguay, invites Venezuela

Members of the trade grouping Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur) decided on 29 June to suspend Paraguay's membership after its president was ousted by parliament, but not pressure Paraguayans with economic sanctions, El Mundo reported on 30 June. This was decided at the Mercosur meeting in Mendoza, Argentina; the suspension would likely last until general elections in Paraguay due in April 2013. Paraguay dismissed the move as legally invalid; its Foreign Minister José Felix Fernández Estigarribia also "deplored" Mercosur's decision to include Venezuela as a member from 31 July 2012. Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said that including Venezuela was both an "honour" and a "responsibility" and regional integration must seek to minimize the impact of the global recession on Latin American economies. There was need she said, for "greater and wider unity, which will allow us to face a crisis made in rich countries and which will affect our economies."