Saturday, September 22, 2012
By Peter M. Tase
n September 20 the regional political isolation of Paraguay took on a new dimension. The Spanish government has so far refused to invite Paraguayan President Federico Franco to participate in the XXIISummit of the Ibero-American Organization ((Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos – OEI), scheduled for November 16-17 in Spain. The position taken by Spain is an unexpected turn that will further increase the isolation of Paraguay in the international arena and it may affect the bilateral relations between Spain and Paraguay in the future.