Mercosur Partners Threaten to Suspend Venezuela

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The tension between Mercosur partners increased on Tuesday, September 13th as chancellors from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay decided not to allow Venezuela to occupy the presidency of the trade bloc and have threaten to suspend the South American country from the group.

According to Brazil’s Foreign Ministry (Itamaraty), the four member-countries decided to oppose turning over the presidency of the bloc because Venezuela did not comply with the rules of the Mercosur Protocol, signed in 2006, including the promotion and protection of human rights and an agreement . . .

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