Mercosur to Suspend Venezuela over Diplomatic Spat with Maduro

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Its very unlikely they can manage to adjust from here to December to Mercosur rules, so Venezuela might be suspended from Mercosur (El Tribuno)
Maduro has a reputation for not complying with Mercosur’s rules.¬†(El Tribuno)

Espa√ĪolMercosur members have given Venezuela’s President Nicol√°s Maduro an ultimatum to get his act together.

This¬†Tuesday, September 14, Mercosur said Maduro¬†has to begin complying with the bloc’s¬†rules regarding¬†trade, infrastructure, energy policy and human rights, among other things, that could result in a suspension if he fails to do so.

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Foreign Ministers of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina issued a joint a statement Tuesday, urging Venezuela to adhere to established protocol.

While the statement doesn’t list an explicit¬†date, unofficial sources in the Foreign Ministry of Paraguay and Argentina reportedly set the start of December as¬†a sort of ultimatum.

Since Maduro¬†took office in 2013, he has reportedly failed to comply with at least 30 percent of Mercosur’s¬†rules regarding¬†everything¬†from¬†human rights policy to energy.

Venezuela reportedly needs to pass at least 300 laws in Congress and 40 international treaties to comply.

The¬†statement also requested “steps to ensure the balance of rights and obligations in the process of adhesion¬†of Venezuela, mindful that this country has not incorporated essential Mercosur rules into their national legislation.”

Source: La Nación

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