Category Archives: ENGLISH ARCHIVE

Paraguay demands justice from MERCOSUR countries

Paraguay demands justice from MERCOSUR countriesParaguay demands justice from MERCOSUR countries

By  Peter M. Tase                                                                                          Sunday, September 16, 2012

 On September 14th, Paraguayan Foreign Minister José Félix Fernández Estigarribia under the instructions of the Paraguayan President, handed a formal diplomatic note of protest to representatives of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, reiterating again the staunch position of President Federico Franco’s government in protest against  “the decision [of MERCOSUR member countries] to suspend Paraguay from the MERCOSUR trade block, actions which proved to be in violation of the Ushuaia protocol, the obligations on the Democratic process.”

(Read more)


Washington and Asuncion:An Uphill Relationship

Washington and Asunción: An Uphill Relationship

BY Eric Stadius, Research Associate at Council on Hemispheric Affairs and Peter Tase, Research Fellow at Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Posted on August 27, 2012

An Interview with the President of the Republic of Paraguay

An Interview with the President of the Republic of Paraguay, Dr. Federico Franco Gómez

BY Peter Tase, Research Fellow at Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Posted on August 17, 2012

The newly installed President of the Republic of Paraguay, Dr. Federico Franco Gomez, was born in Asunción, on July 23, 1962. In 1986, he graduated as a Medical Doctor and Surgeon from the faculty of Medical Science at the National University of Asunción. Afterwards, he went on to obtain a postdoctoral degree in internal medicine. From 1991 to 1996, Franco Gomez served as a councilman for the municipality of Fernando de la Mora and then as the mayor of the same municipality from 1996 to 2001.


Peter Tase / COHA: The Fifth People’s Republic of China – Latin America Summit



On November 21, the Peruvian capital, hosted the fifth China – Latin America Summit, in which for two days were discussed a roster of urgent topics involved in order to achieve further development in terms of commerce and trade between China (PRC) and Latin America.  The Summit was attended by over a thousand business leaders and public officials from the PRC and from all of the Latin American countries.  Since the world financial crisis of 2008, Chinese corporations have devoted special attention to diversify their investment potential throughout South America in particular.


Paraguay: exclu…

Paraguay: exclusive interview with President Franco reveals plans for development

Thursday, August 09, 2012

By  Peter M. Tase

The newly-installed President of Paraguay Federico Franco spoke exclusively to Speroforum during my recent return to Paraguay where I once served as a Peace Corps volunteer. President Franco has been assailed by the governments of neighboring Brazil and Argentina, as well as Venezuela, for having taken the reins of government following the impeachment of former President Fernando Lugo by Paraguay’s Congress.  Accused by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of an anti-democratic and “soft coup d’etat”, Paraguay was suspended from the MERCOSUR and UNASUR regional groupings.

Franco is a medical doctor, but has had extensive political experience. He has served as mayor of the city of Fernando de la Mora, and was governor of the Central province for five years. In 2008, he was elected to the post of Vice President and served under President Fernando Lugo. He is a member of the Authentic Liberal Party.
Peter Tase:
What is the current political situation in Paraguay and its contribution to democracy in South America. Also, what is the status of relations between Paraguay and the United States?
President Federico Franco:
First, …I want to extend my greetings to the entire American nation. Secondly, Peter, we are embarked upon consolidating the government, to provide governance, and once this is stable we will occupy ourselves with our difficulties with our neighbors. Our priority now is to be entirely focused on the programs and projects of the former government so that they will be beneficial and useful to the community; all of them will continue.
(Read more…)