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Venezuela raises Mercosur flag to claim its rotating presidency

Venezuela raises Mercosur flag to claim its rotating presidency

The flag of the Southern Common Market, or Mercosur, was hoisted on August 5 in front of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, a show of determination for Caracas to take its rotating presidency for the second half of 2016.

(Soundibte) Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuelan Foreign Minister
“The so-called Triple Alliance, represented by the governments of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, is ruining the political life of our region by groundlessly seeking to destroy a historical heritage of unity and integration (of Mercosur). The group has been consolidating the popular governments, progressive and leftist, in the last 15 years.”

As member countries, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil have refused to transfer the Mercosur presidency from Uruguay to Venezuela, insisting that Venezuela had no respect for democracy and could not spare itself from the country’s ongoing economic predicament.

(Soundibte) Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuelan Foreign Minister
“We call for good sense to preserve the Mercosur, not only in its internal relations, but also in its external relations. We call for maturity and good sense to stop these rude and barbarous claims, which shall not impede in any way that Venezuela fully exercise the pro-tempore presidency of the Mercosur, as I did just two years ago.”

Mercosur was formed in 1991, now with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela as full members of the largest trade bloc in South America.

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