June 18, 2013
'South America must avoid thinly veiled coup d' etat attempts', CFK
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner urged her Mercosur bloc counterparts to work jointly to avoid more ‘thinly veiled coup’d etats” in South America.
As she delivered the Mercosur summit’s opening speech in Mendoza province, Fernández de Kircher deemed that the removal from power of Fernando Lugo in Paraguay was not only illegal, but that the new Government, led by Federico Franco is illegitimate and warned that "the heads of state must avoid that the region suffers thinly veiled coup d’etats.”
“What we are dealing with here is whether we are capable of safeguarding legality and legitimacy and avoid these regional thinly veiled coups which do not fully develop to be dictatorships but under a certain veneer are a breakdown of the constitutional order,” the President assured.
Fernández de Kirchner also recalled the overthrow attempts of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia and highlighted the absolute rejection the Mercosur and Unasur blocs showed at the time.
“These administrations have implemented inclusion policies to improve the life of millions of citizens who could not even access basic services. These decisions have a quality. Unasur does not group heads of state who share the same opinion in every aspect, but the positive aspect is that when facing situations regarding the breakdown of democratic order all of the Presidents have reacted by unanimously rejecting them,” she added.
The President also added that Mercosur and Unasur "will accept Paraguayan people’s will regardless of the outcome of the 2013 presidential elections in that country,” and proposed the creation of a committee to monitor the situation in the neighbouring country.
Paraguay has been suspended from the bloc until the presidential elections, which are set to take place in April 21st 2013, following Fernando Lugo’s removal from power a week ago.
However, no economic sanctions have been imposed to Paraguay by Mercosur, it was announced earlier today.