Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




TRADE WARS
Paraguay not facing suspension: OAS
by Staff Writers
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2012


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Paraguay is not facing suspension from the Organization of American States because of the way in which its Congress removed Fernando Lugo from the presidency, OAS officials say.

To suspend Paraguay from the 35-member organization would not serve OAS objectives of restoring good governance, ensuring fair elections and a return to normal conditions in the landlocked country, OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza said.

Lugo's speedy impeachment and removal from the presidency was met with disapproval of other regional organizations, including Mercosur and the Union of Arab States. The Paraguayan Congress accused Lugo of failure to control political unrest after a riot that left 17 people dead and appointed Vice President Federico Franco as president.

OAS membership is important for impoverished Paraguay as the association serves as a conduit for aid from the United States and other international aid-giving governments and agencies. OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and has 67 states and the European Union as observers.

Insulza ordered an investigation into the events, rejecting calls for Paraguay's immediate suspension. In a report to the OAS Permanent Council following a fact-finding mission to Asuncion last week, Insulza said he favored a more active OAS presence in Paraguay to "avoid exacerbating the divisions within Paraguayan society and the country's political system and avoid causing unnecessary suffering among the people of Paraguay."

The permanent council held a special meeting to receive Insulza's report, which will now go to the member states' foreign ministers and other senior officials.

Insulza said OAS looked to Paraguay for an early return to normal conditions and to hold elections next year.

OAS aims to "strengthen governance in Paraguay in the transition to the 2013 elections by promoting public dialogue and supporting the legal reforms that may help avoid further crises," Insulza said.

He said the organization would "ensure that the electoral process is participatory and transparent, and that there are no reprisals or exclusions because of what happened, especially reprisals against President Lugo or his supporters."

New president Franco is yet to be recognized by neighbors as well as regional organizations Mercosur and Unasur.

Differences over how to handle the crisis in Paraguay widened after regional leaders met in a summit in Mendoza, Argentina, soon after the impeachment and Lugo's removal.

Mercosur backed Lugo and a statement from the group condemned his removal as a "legislative, congressional or institutional coup" in which the former president was denied time to defend himself against an "express" impeachment vote.

Unasur also protested Lugo's removal, asserting the move against him didn't respect due legal process.

Paraguay says Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have ganged up on the new government and want Paraguay expelled from the OAS.

The political crisis has thrown Paraguay's dysfunctional economy into further disarray, not helped by Venezuela's decision to cut off oil supplies Paraguay receives on reduced and deferred payment bases.

.


Related Links
Global Trade News






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





TRADE WARS
Myanmar to charge Thai rubber workers
Yangon, Myanmar (UPI) Jul 11, 2012
Myanmar will charge up to 61 illegal Thai nationals working on secret rubber plantations near the Thai-Myanmar border. In a detailed report, Myanmar's state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the Thai nationals - 52 men and nine women - were arrested earlier this month in what appears to be a major crackdown on illegal rubber growing operations in the Taninthayi region. Th ... read more


TRADE WARS
Japan govt, media colluded on nuclear: Nobel winner

Japan pushes ASEAN to lift export restrictions

Report faults Fukushima response

Fukushima was 'man-made' disaster: Japanese probe

TRADE WARS
The Day Information Went Global

Asian firms to pay $571 mn more in US LCD case

ESA's Clean Space targets orbital debris and greener environment

Metamolecules that switch handedness at light-speed

TRADE WARS
Work resumes at huge Amazon dam site

Australia's mining boom may doom Barrier Reef

New research finds increased growth responsible for color changes in coral reefs

Trigger for past rapid sea level rise discovered

TRADE WARS
Arctic warming linked to combination of reduced sea ice and global atmospheric warming

Argentina court upholds glacier protections against mining

Study: Wrong diet doomed 1912 polar try

Scientists to produce first 3-D models of Arctic sea ice

TRADE WARS
Climate change means stressed cows may have less milk

Sustainability of rice landscapes in South East Asia threatened

Ancient domesticated remains are oldest in southern Africa

France sends emergency anti-locust aid

TRADE WARS
Fabio becomes fifth hurricane of Pacific season

Hurricane Emilia weakens in Pacific

Russian flood victims pick through damage

Russia mourns flood dead as questions mount

TRADE WARS
Liberia leader warns of new wars without arms deal

Sahel army chiefs meet on Mali crisis

War vets threaten Angola elections over unpaid pensions

Mali to form 1,200-strong elite force to protect transition

TRADE WARS
Native American populations descend from three key migrations

Seabirds studied for clues to human aging

Hong Kong's land shortage forces bereaved to sea

Diet of early human relative Australopithecus shows surprises




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement