• Categories
  • Archives

Paraguay Warns Against Provocation While Brazil Plays War Games at the Border

Friendship bridge between Paraguay and Brazil War exercises by the Brazilian military along the border of Brazil with Paraguay are escalating tensions between the South American neighbors. Operation Southern Border II mobilized 3,500 soldiers from the Brazilian armed forces along the border, as part of a larger force of some 10,000 soldiers also deployed along the borders with Uruguay and Argentina.

Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo warned Brazil in a news conference in AsunciΓ³n that "not even one millimeter of the territorial sovereignty of the country can be bothered" or "the Paraguayan reaction will be swift."

Paraguayan TV showed armed Brazilian troops occupying the "Friendship Bridge" separating the countries at Ciudad del Este. The maneuvers come amid a series of clashes between Paraguayan peasants and militias controlled by Brazilian farmers in the country.

Brazilian officials insist the military operations are aimed at drug interdiction and are not related to the land conflicts.

The April election of President Lugo who spent eleven years working with landless peasants in the countryside, has emboldened many peasants to invade farms controlled by Brazilian soybean producers. Peasant organizations say the Brazilian-controlled enterprises are operating in Paraguay illegally.

Lugo acknowledged that Paraguay's sovereignty has not been violated in the military exercises. But he emphasized that the maneuvers are viewed warily in Paraguay, which was overrun by Brazil in the 1865-1870 War of the Triple Alliance, leading to years of Brazilian military occupation.

A key plank of Lugo's campaign platform involved efforts to renegotiate contracts with Brazil for the Itaipu hydroelectric plant, South America's largest, jointly owned by the neighboring counties and which provides 25% of electricity consumed by LatAm's main economy.

Last weekend Paraguayan news outlets replayed a July interview with the commander of Brazilian border forces, General JosΓ© Carvalho Siqueira, who invoked a hypothetical occupation of the hydroelectric plants by peasant protesters. Siqueira said the Brazilian armed forces would "carry out whatever mission in whatever part of the national territory; if the president determines that an action should be undertaken, then it should be carried out."

The general's July comments were made when Operation Southern Border I, a similar exercise, was underway. Two other such operations were also conducted in 2007. Brazilian authorities argue that at the tri-border region, where Brazil meets Paraguay and Argentina, is a hotbed of smuggling and criminal enterprises.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • ch.c.

    has emboldened many peasants to invade farms controlled by Brazilian soybean producers. Peasant organizations say the Brazilian-controlled enterprises are operating in Paraguay illegally.
    That make think about Syngenta in Brazil !!!!!!!

    Except it is not 127 hectares !!!!!!!!

    In my view, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia Justice Courts should give the same verdict as Brazil did !!!!!!!

    Would not that be fair using the Brazilian views ??????

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

LETTERS

Brazil has become the world’s largest corridor for cocaine. Sixty percent of the cocaine ...

Brazil to Launch Campaign to Curb Violence Against Women

Brazil’s federal government plans to develop an awareness campaign on violence against elderly women. ...

Brazil Wants to Raise Interest Rates to Curb Demand and Prevent Inflation

Central bank policy-makers in Brazil said Thursday they are ready to raise rates next ...

To Bush, All Left Leaders Resemble Fidel

To Washington’s chagrin, ChΓ‘vez’s influence continues to spread throughout the continent. The inauguration of ...

Wanna Buy Cheap Land in Brazil?

The Internet has plenty of offers for those willing to buy a piece of ...

Brazil Sends Team to Help Rebuild Lebanon After Israeli Attacks

A cooperation mission to Lebanon, promoted by the Brazilian government, is going to leave ...

Brazilian Indians Enter Information Era

In March, the state department of Education wants to establish a program of digital ...

Artists Take to the Streets in Brazil to Call for More Money for the Arts

Performers all across the country took to the streets, Thursday, August 10, in 12 ...

tum-tum tum-tum

he’s a littlejesuschrist lying down like this doesn’t even look like a child the ...