Paraguay Stands By Suspension of Venezuela from Mercosur Despite Parliament Bloc Ruling

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 22, 2017, 1:49 pm
Suspension of Venezuela from Mercosur
Mercosur has yet to decide on Paraguay’s request that the bloc’s democratic clause be applied to Venezuela. (Primicias 24)

EspañolParaguay’s Chancellor went on record this week to defend the suspension of Venezuela from Mercosur after the trading bloc’s parliament decided not to issue sanctions against President Nicolás Maduro’s administration.

Mercosur’s parliament, known as Parlasur acts independently from the Council of Ministers of Mercosur, which is why Venzuela’s removal from the trading bloc is “legal and administrative,” Loizaga said, despite the parliament’s disagreement.

Loizaga reported said he telephoned his Argentine counterpart Susana Malcorra about Parlasur’s decision, and did not rule out that the Venezuelan situation be treated “from a humanitarian and political point of view” during the next Mercosur Foreign Ministers meeting March 9 in Buenos Aires.

He also said Mercosur has yet to decide on Paraguay’s request that the bloc’s democratic clause be applied to Venezuela, adding that Paraguay “longs to see a democratically strengthened Venezuela.”


The suspension of Venezuela was decided, according to the founding States of Mercosur — Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay — due to its inability to complete the requirements necessary for maintaining membership.

Parlasur officials said on Monday that it will review the suspension of Venezuela before the Permanent Review Tribunal of Mercosur.

Source: La Patilla

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Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Cuba Blocks Chilean Student from Entry for Award Ceremony Honoring Dissident

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 22, 2017, 12:21 pm

EspañolCuba removed a Chilean student leader from Cuba hoping to attend an award ceremony dedicated to Cuban political activist Oswaldo Payá. Juan Carlos Vargas, a former student at the Central University of Chile and member of the executive board of the Latin American Youth and Democracy Network that was hosting the ceremony, was removed from the island not long after the daughter of former Chilean President Patricio Aylwin, Matiana Aylwin, was also prevented from flying there this week for the same event. Vargas was reportedly arrested in Cuba once he arrived on the island. Authorities held him with no access to a phone call or other communication. Read More: Meet Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador’s Best Hope to End a Decade of Socialist Rule Read More: Uncertainty in Ecuador as Votes Trickle in, Opposition Confident in Second Round A similar incident took place to former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, who Cuban authorities did not allow to enter the island. He had planned to attend the award ceremony organized by the Latin American Youth and Democracy Network. Local media reported that Vargas was received by the Cuban Police as well as a group of cameramen who appeared to be part of state-approved press. Authorities took away his passport and boarded him on a plane to Panama, where he expects to return to Chile soon. However, he reportedly has not yet recovered his identification. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Vargas was supposed to place the Oswaldo Payá award in Matiana Aylwin's hands, but now the ceremony will have to be rescheduled and relocated. Source: El Demócrata

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