By Peter M. Tase
The Paraguayn Senate decided to convene the Paraguayan Foreign Minister for October 31 to further explain the vote of Paraguay in favor of Argentina to join the UN Security Council. This supportive action of Paraguay towards Argentina has been taken after the latter has unilaterally taken many actions against Paraguay, in its expulsion from MERCOSUR and led other blocking initiatives in UNASUR and OAS.
Argentina, together with Brazil and Venezuela, have been the main engine to isolate Paraguay in the region and suspend its membership from MERCOSUR and UNASUR.
The Paraguayan Foreign Minister was asked to vote in favor of Argentina for that nation to become part of the Security Council of the UN. This support took shape after the neighboring country voted for the suspension of Paraguay in the Mercosur, besides other penalties imposed unilaterally.
On the other hand, the OAS Special envoy, John Biehl, in Paraguay, in charge of preparing the environment of over 70 observers who will monitor the elections, stated that MERCOSUR and UNASUR both need Paraguay.
The Organization of American States is preparing to send a delegation of 70-80 observers to Paraguay led by the former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Prize winner, Oscar Arias Sanchez.
Chilean diplomat, John Biehl, stated that UNASUR and MERCOSUR need Paraguay and its expulsion from the two regional blocs was as a result of a number of other economic interests that regional countries had in mind once former President Lugo was ousted from power.
According to Biehl, many countries realize that Paraguay is needed in the international community, and it must return to play an active role in the region and international institutions.
The OAS is committed to monitor the general elections set to commence on April 21st, 2013, which will bring to power a new president for the next five years. During the day of the elections the OAS observers will monitor the voting process all over the country and assure a transparent process of presidential elections in Paraguay. This will be the first elections in which the Paraguayan diaspora in the United States and Spain, will be able to cast their vote abroad.
Spero columnist Peter M. Tase is an analyst of political and economic affairs of South America.
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