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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.
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On August 3, The Council on Hemispheric Affairs published an article entitled “The Paraguay Imbroglio: A disconcerting endgame,” authored by Eric Stadius. One of Stadius’ arguments is that the impeachment of former president Fernando Lugo and his replacement with President Federico Franco, which had followed the so-called Curuguaty Massacre where seventeen people lost their lives, has not “enacted” any change in Paraguay’s political scene.

Indeed land reform has been the priority of Franco’s newly formed government. In his first week after taking office, Federico Franco’s administration started…

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MERCOSUR’s isolation of Paraguay …

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MERCOSUR’s isolation of Paraguay is strategic challenge to the United States

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

By  Peter M. Tase

 
The new President of Paraguay, Federico Franco, is preparing to travel to New York in order to participate in the 66th Session of UN General Assembly scheduled for September 18-25.  Paraguay was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945.  Although the Guaraní- speaking nation is currently being isolated by neighboring countries, its participation at the UN is not a subject to formal invitation from UN Assembly President or Secretary General
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Bangladesh Embassy Washington DC observes Martyrs Day and Internation Mother Language Day

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Phone –(202) 244-0183
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EMBASSY OF THE
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH
3510 International Drive, NW
Washington, D.C 20008
Press Release
21 February 2012
Bangladesh Embassy Washington DC observes Martyrs Day and Internation Mother Language
Day
The 60th anniversary of ‘Shaheed Dibash’ and the International Mother Language Day was
observed in a befitting manner at the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington D.C today
(February 21, 2012 Tuesday).
The day’s programs began with the hoisting of the National Flag at half-mast on the Embassy
premises. On the occasion, a discussion meeting followed by a cultural function was organized
in the Bangabandhu Auditorium of Bangladesh Embassy.
Messages from Hon’ble President Mohammad Zillur Rahman, Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina and Hon’ble Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni were read out.
Paying rich tribute to the language movement martyrs Ambassador and State Minister Akramul
Qader, in his introductory remarks, said International Mother Language day has now become a
day of celebration of the linguistic diversity around the world. In this context, he recalled the
contribution of the Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the historic
language movement. Ambassador Qader also underlined the significance of the Language
movement in the evolution of our National history culminating into the Independence of
Bangladesh. An International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka has been established by the
present Government aimed at preservation and research of all languages on the verge of
extinction, Ambassador Qader said.
Remembering the highest contributions of the martyrs of Language Movement, the Ambassador
urged all to work unitedly to establish an exploitation and poverty free non-communal
Bangladesh. He emphasized the need for institutionalizing democracy on a solid foundation
which was the dream of Bagabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build a happy and prosperous
‘Sonar Bangla’. He also called upon the audience to close their ranks, help the country by
uniting their efforts and to uphold the image of the country in the spirit of the Language
movement. Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Department of State and Mr. Peter Tase, a Research Fellow at the Council on
Hemispheric Affairs spoke on the occasion. They spoke on the importance of the language
movement and the present status of Bangla in the present day world.
The discussion was rounded off with colorful cultural event. Performers from Bangladesh, China,
India, Sri Lanka and Paraguay participated in the cultural event. The enthralled audience
including diplomats, representatives of social and cultural organizations and a large number o

 

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Colombia

Colombia Prepares to Welcome the Americas to Cartagena for Next Week’s OAS Summit

By Research Fellow Peter Tase and Research Associate Roman Suver from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on April 5, 2012 | Comments (1)

Cuba’s Absence Intolerable and Indefensible The upcoming Sixth Summit of the Americas will be held in the resort city of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from April 14th to 15th, 2012. [1] Thirty-three heads of government, representing all of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS)…

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Entrevista con el Embajador de la República de Nicaragua Francisco Campbell

Interview with Ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua Francisco Campbell / Entrevista con el Embajador de la República de Nicaragua Francisco Campbell

By Peter Tase Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 9, 2012 |Comments (0)

¿Cómo puede caracterizar las relaciones entre Nicaragua y los Estados Unidos? En este momento, puedo decir que por primera vez en la historia estamos trabajando en la construcción de una relación madura. Cuando el presidente Barack Obama participó en la V cumbre de las Américas en Trinidad y Tobago en…

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Colombia se prepara para patrocinar la VI Cumbre de las Américas

  • La ciudad de Cartagena de Indias, una de las ciudades más antiguas de nuestro hemisferio, se está preparando para  auspiciar la  cumbre de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA),  que se celebra cada tres años en uno de los países miembros de dicha organización.[1] Este evento brindará la oportunidad de...

    Colombia se prepara para patrocinar la VI Cumbre de las Américas

    By Peter Tase Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 16, 2012 |Comments (0)

    La ciudad de Cartagena de Indias, una de las ciudades más antiguas de nuestro hemisferio, se está preparando para  auspiciar la  cumbre de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA),  que se celebra cada tres años en uno de los países miembros de dicha organización.[1] Este evento brindará la oportunidad de…

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