Paraguay recalls ambassador to Venezuela
Venezuela already recalled his ambassador to Asunción after the removal of President Fernando Lugo on June 22
Paraguay opted on Wednesday to recall its ambassador to Venezuela and declared the Venezuelan chief of mission persona non grata in an escalation of mutual accusations in the aftermath of the removal of President Fernando Lugo.
"In the face of the serious evidence of meddling by officials of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the internal affairs of the Republic of Paraguay, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby advises that it has resolved to recall its ambassador," the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry stated in a press release.
Reference was made to the order given to Ambassador Augusto Ocampos to leave Caracas, AP noted.
Earlier, last week, Venezuelan ambassador to Asunción José F. Javier Arrúe De Pablo had been recalled. He was declared persona non grata. "As he is not in the country presently, there is no need to set a deadline for him to leave."
The standoff between Paraguay and Venezuela started when Lugo was dismissed on June 22 by the Senate in a speedy political trial for poor performance.
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."