Luis Andres Henao – Associated Press, 06/28/2012
MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — South American foreign ministers plan to recommend that Paraguay be suspended from the Mercosur regional trade bloc over last week’s ouster of former President Fernando Lugo, Brazil’s foreign minister said Thursday.
But Antonio Patriota said that ministers attending a bloc summit in Mendoza, Argentina will recommend against economic sanctions in retaliation for the impeachment of Lugo. Speaking to a small group of journalists outside closed-door meetings, Patriota said he could not give any further details about Paraguay’s possible suspension, nor say how long it might last.
Mercosur’s final decision on what to do about Paraguay will be announced Friday following a meeting of regional heads of state.