Venezuela's membership with Mercosur in place on July 31
According to Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Almagro, the decision "is in the national interest" and strengthens the regional trade bloc
Venezuela's admission to the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) "is not pulling out" and will be formally in place next July 31, as agreed by the presidents of the Member States a month ago at the summit held in Mendoza, Argentina, Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Almagro.
Such a decision "is in the national interest" and strengthens the regional trade bloc, the Foreign Minister added in a feature on Monday of Montevideo's daily newspaper La Diaria, Efe quoted.
Mercosur comprises Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. The latter was suspended in retaliation to the dismissal of President Fernando Lugo by the Paraguayan Senate.
Almagro ratified his stance contrary to the way of voting Venezuela's entry into Mercosur and his disagreement with Paraguayan President José Mujica.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."