Mercosur kicks off extraordinary summit
The Heads of State of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela take part
The extraordinary summit of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) where Venezuela's full membership would be enforced, started on Tuesday in Brasilia with the participation of the presidents of four Member States of the South American trade bloc.
The summit was attended by the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, the host of the event, and her counterparts of Argentina, Cristina Fernández; Uruguay, José Mujica, and Venezuela, Hugo Chávez. Paraguay, one of the founding partners, will not take part because of the bar, Efe reported.
Before the opening session, the four presidents posed for the family photo. A press conference was scheduled at the end, in addition to a luncheon at the Itamaraty Palace, the venue of the Brazilian Foreign Office.
Paraguay was barred from the trade bloc last June 22, following the dismissal by the Congress of then Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo. He was replaced by his Vice-President, Federico Franco.
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.