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OAS Paraguay Decision Still Pending Despite Insulza´s Report

Asuncion, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) A final decision on the position adopted by the OAS in the case of Paraguay remains pending, despite the favorable report from secretary general, José Miguel Insulza to the government of Federico Franco, being challenged both inside and outside the country.

The executive that emerged from the parliamentary coup which ousted President Fernando Lugo showed some impatience yesterday to verify whether Insulza’s proposal, equivalent to leaving everything as is, had any support at all among member states of the organization.

However, Insulza’s report only received well expected support from the U.S. government, through the Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, jubilant with the opinions expressed by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Foreign Minister of the current government of Paraguay, Jose Fernandez, told reporters he hoped that a decision would be made at the next meeting of the regional body on Friday.

Meanwhile, one press outlet insisted that there was fear at the Foreign Ministry about the possibility of a majority of the OAS member countries opting to condemn Paraguay.

More discreetly, taking care not to hammer at the theme, President Federico Franco responded to press questions by saying that he hoped the OAS decision would be respectful of the sovereignty of Paraguay.

Nothing else went well for the current government, isolated internationally since the removal of from office of the constitutional president.

The press highlighted the opinion of the Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, who recalled that the report from Insulza is just a personal opinion and reconfirmed the position of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) in the face of the institutional breakdown.

The Paraguay group Resist, composed of citizen organizations opposed to what they call a de facto government, also played down the importance of Insulza’s statements and reiterated that the first condition for resolving the crisis must be the reinstatement of Lugo in his post.

Finally, similar statements were made by leaders of the Guasu Front, the coalition of parties and organizations that put Lugo in the presidency in 2008 and are developing a plan for street demonstrations in that direction.


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