Mercosur's summit begins without Venezuela's foreign minister
Foreign ministers from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay have attended the meeting of Mercosur's Common Market Council. Early on Thursday, the Brazilian authorities informed that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez would not be attending the high-level meeting to be held at the organization on Friday
Representing their countries, foreign ministers began on Thursday the preparatory meeting to the Summit of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) to be held next Friday in Brasilia, Brazil. It has been said that Venezuelan Foreign Minister and Vice-President Nicolas Maduro will not be attending Venezuela's first meeting as full member of the bloc.
The meeting of the Mercosur's Common Market Council has been attended by the foreign ministers of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, EFE cited. For its part, Venezuela is being represented by Deputy Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean Veronica Guerrero.
To date, the Brazilian authorities ignore why the Venezuelan foreign minister will not be attending, whether he will be delayed, or whether he had called off his participation in the meeting.
There will be no representatives from Paraguay, which has been temporarily suspended from the organization.
Early on Thursday, AFP cited that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez would not be attending the high-level meeting on Friday.
On Thursday, the foreign ministers will be analyzing the progress Venezuela has made upon its incorporation into the bloc. The leaders will also discuss in the meeting the possible membership of Bolivia and Ecuador.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."