COLOMBIA AND MEXICO: POLITICAL SUPPORT TO PARAGUAYAN GOVERNMENT
On November 9th, the Colombian government confirmed its diplomatic presence in Asuncion. Ambassador Alberto Barrantes, has returned to his post in Paraguay since the democratic political impeachement of the former President in June 22nd.
According to Paraguayan Foreign Minister Fernández Estigarriba, this decision taken by Bogota is “a positive unilateral decision” that impartially causes a crack between Colombia and all other members nations of UNASUR. With this unilateral action of Colombia, it is unlikely that other UNASUR countries will make the same decision to send their representatives in Asuncion.
Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru withdrew or called their ambassadors for consultations following the dismissal of former president Lugo, a decision that is likely to change only when the new president of Paraguay will begin his term in August 2013.
On the other hand Mexican government has demonstrated a leadership role to bring Paraguay closer with the Pacific Alliance, a regional trade block that is created recently by Chile, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. Mexican Ambassador, Fernando Estrada Samano, “highly valued the bilateral relations” between Paraguay and Mexico and was open to help President Franco’s government in fulfilling its obligations before the OAS and international Community.