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Despite Misgivings Brazil Ready to Welcome Chavez into Mercosur

President Chavez Brazil's Senate leader and former president José Sarney said that the Mercosur incorporation of Venezuela will be "disturbing" for the trade block but admitted the Upper House would finally approve the admission protocols.

"I believe that the admission of Venezuela at this moment is a disturbing element for Mercosur which is undergoing a very difficult situation," said Senator Sarney recently re-elected to the presidency of the Upper House and a frequent critic of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"I'm under the impression that if Chavez is admitted he will try to convert Mercosur into a political forum, and we can't transform Mercosur into a political forum," said the Senator who is a coalition ally of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Mercosur presidents agreed the incorporation of Venezuela in July 2006 but the decision needed congressional approval, which was almost immediate from the legislative branches of Argentina and Uruguay.

At the beginning of 2007 Brazil sent the proposal to the Lower House to have Venezuela admitted as the fifth full member of the trade group that also includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Brazilian opposition questioned the proposal and it took a full year to obtain the Lower House approval. However resistance is even stronger in the Senate since the opposition holds more benches and several Lula allies do not approve of Chavez.

Last February the Mercosur Committee voted favorably and now the issue is before the Foreign Affairs committee followed by the full House.

"Just watching movements, the feeling is that it will finally be approved," said Sarney who has a long congressional experience.

Sarney anticipated he would vote against Venezuela's incorporation but promised he would not use his institutional powers to block procedures.

"My position remains unchanged: I do not understand what is meant by "Bolivarian democracy," and any democracy with adjectives is suspicious," he said.

The Senator insists that the Venezuelan government suffers from "institutional shortcomings" and recalled that any member wishing to become a member of Mercosur must respect the "democratic clause," according to the business publication Valor.

Lula has supported the proposal to admit Venezuela to the Mercosur arguing that few governments in the region have faced elections and plebiscites as often as Venezuela.

However the truth is that one of the pet programs of President Chavez was a huge natural gas network extending from the rich fields in Maracaibo through the South American continent heartland to supply the power houses of São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

With the recent discoveries of massive resources of oil and gas offshore Brazil, even at pre salt depths (5,000 to 7,000 meters), the country will not need to become Venezuelan energy dependent, a fearsome scenario for the Brazilian establishment and Armed Forces. Consequently thumbs down for the Chavez project, "now he can come in."

In related news the other Mercosur member which still has to vote the incorporation of Venezuela is Paraguay. The current ruling coalition mathematically has the necessary votes for the approval but the conservative wing of the government is not convinced, – as in Brazil -, of President Chavez' interpretation of democracy.

However if Brazil finally extends the green light admission, Paraguay will most surely follow.

Mercopress

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  • forrest allen brown

    lost in the air waves
    the truth
    one of so little mind

    do you kiss your mother with that mouth ?????

  • …..

    Sorry FloristÀ¢€¦ I donÀ¢€™t understand!
    I tried to run your text:

    À¢€œ
    chaves is not a democracy
    written by forrest allen brown, March 12, 2009
    it is a demagog .
    this will be a mess that will end with chaves crying at the top of his lungs the US controls
    MERCOSUR and you are all out to get me
    À¢€œ

    In one of these online translations, but it came back as À¢€œnon-recognizable spoken language.À¢€Â Could you tell us À¢€œWhat the F.U.C.K. do you speak?À¢€Â

    Costinha

    Hehehehe

  • …..

    OhhhhhhhÀ¢€¦ My Costeleta!
    Just sayÀ¢€¦..SUKATOMEE.. SUKATOMEE… SUKATOMEEÀ¢€¦ 3 times…

    ThatÀ¢€™s the same technique BobÀƒ£o uses when heÀ¢€™s molesting someone.

    Luv U

    Costinha

    PS: Nilson, you are about as deep as your reflection in a mirror.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]I know this might come as a surprise to everyone here but[/quote]

    Not to me, though.

  • …..

    Costinha
    You sound so sexy and virile,

    I know this might come as a surprise to everyone here but, I think I’m falling in love with you !

    Yes, God mess Amerika my darling

    Costeleta

  • Nilson

    Venezuela
    To be honest, I think this Mercosur is a comedy anyway.. Their members never seem to agree with anything, so Venezuela being a full-member will make no difference as the whole thing is a joke..

  • Double-Dot

    Part of the family
    Im part of this big happy family…

    So, where is my pet monkey Augustus ? Should I just call its name and offer it a banana?

    God bless America

  • …..

    I Wouldn’t Mind Being Part Of Your Big Happy FamilyÀ¢€¦
    No problemÀ¢€¦. We can arrange it. But first, you need to serve-out your prison term for your last bank robbery.

    If I were you, I would try to be in cahoots with the Sheriff, heÀ¢€™s your boss. So kiss his a.s.s and lick his hairy balls! Oh, by the wayÀ¢€¦ Since I sit at the head of the table, please call me À¢€œBig Dick Daddy from Cincinnati.À¢€Â

    God mess amerika,

    Costinha

    PS: One more thing, please donˢ۪t feed our fat geriatric family dog, Florist A$$ Brown, he is on a strict Alpo diet, no cookies please!

  • Double-Dot

    The big happy family
    [quote]BUT….BUT……if you want to join the “Big happy Family”, you have to play by the rules set by the Lord Mayor and the Lord Sheriff[/quote]

    I wouldn’t mind being part of your big happy family as long as Augustus is the pet monkey

    God Bless America

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Thanks for the friendly compliment..[/quote]

    You are most welcome.

    [quote]but by no means Augustus is a Lord, just a Lord of his underground kingdom of beats… [/quote]

    NO…….NO….. You are ill informed. The Limey queen of yours conferred Lordship on Augustus a couple of decades ago.

    BUT….BUT……if you want to join the “Big happy Family”, you have to play by the rules set by the Lord Mayor and the Lord Sheriff. 😀

  • João da Silva

    [quote]To whoever is hidingÀ¢€¦ I see, you are stupid enough to hide a sugar cube in a bucket of water.[/quote]

    It could be Hugo Chavez blogging directly from Caracas or Madoff from his prison cell in NYC.

    Do you think that if say “God Bless Venezuela”, he will stop?

  • …….

    There Is Something Weird Around Here!
    To the ID stealer, nice tryÀ¢€¦ But you canÀ¢€™t fake the funk.

    To whoever is hidingÀ¢€¦ I see, you are stupid enough to hide a sugar cube in a bucket of water.

    Buzz Off,

    Costinha da Costa

    Hehehe

  • ……

    Double-Dot etc
    Double-Dot is a little spider monkey …

    Augustus is the offspring of a cross between a monkey and a wild low breed dog..

    Joao is the gossiping little bird..

    and I

    Well, I am the zoo keeper 😉

    Costinha

  • ….

    Translation needed
    [quote]or are is it one of there people
    myself the rants look like costa ,costinha type of drible
    if it were my way you would have to use your real name and have to back what you say .
    but for the spineless ones here and there closed minded selves they arereal PT brasilians [/quote]

    Can anyone here speak chinese and translate that to English ??? I don’t know why some people use other languages here.. just English please

  • PM

    What?
    This site has become a fighting arena .. no one seems to be serious here !

  • Double-Dot

    ….
    [quote]D(**2) is a friendly character who would never ever involve in personal attacks on anyone, especially Lord Augustus. [/quote]

    Thanks for the friendly compliment.. but by no means Augustus is a Lord, just a Lord of his underground kingdom of beats…

    For the others who are this beast followers , Im not the one posting comments about this guy’s english skills … you got your facts wrong… I’ve been just posting comments about how ridiculous this beast Augustus is and I don’t care about its mentally impaired followers and never waste my time to address a word to them..

    but It seems Im not the only one speaking out the truth here …

    God bless America

  • João da Silva

    ID Theft
    All the regular bloggers in this site are accustomed to the following facts:

    Fact #1: The original D(**2) is a friendly character who would never ever involve in personal attacks on anyone, especially Lord Augustus.

    Fact#2: Costa has his unique writing style which is very difficult for anyone to copy.

    Fact#3: When the subject of Chavez and Cuba is raised and Augustus and Forrest write critical comments, this lowly “person” who steals the IDs reappears and comes out with his vicious personal attacks.

    What is the reason? It is enough to decode the comments posted above by Forrest.

    Time to send this guy to take to Gobi desert, bury him in the sand and play polo with his head.

  • …..

    Double-Dot, the Chimp that has À¢€œBananasÀ¢€Â on his mind again…
    Hey you Pitiful Puny Pimple-Popping Putrid Pile of Prepubescent PukeÀ¢€¦ Quit signing my name for articles I didnÀ¢€™t write!

    Double-DotÀ¢€¦. You are a good chimp; have a banana!

    God Mess America

    Costinha

  • forrest allen brown

    WHY DOES THE OWNER OF THIS SITE LET ID THEFT GO ON
    or are is it one of there people
    myself the rants look like costa ,costinha type of drible
    if it were my way you would have to use your real name and have to back what you say .
    but for the spineless ones here and there closed minded selves they arereal PT brasilians

    and with the mouth of the south in his red shirt yes russia ,chaves land ,boliva ,iran ,cuba all can form there own trade block

  • Augustus

    To the racist, id thief, imposter who is less than an ameba – Double Distresss…
    YOU ARE IRREVELVANT!!!!
    YOU ARE IRREVELVANT!!!!

    YOU ARE IRREVELVANT!!!!

    YOU ARE IRREVELVANT!!!!

    YOU ARE IRREVELVANT!!!!

    YOU ARE IRREVELVANT!!!!

    ACTUALLY YOU ARE ….
    DOUBLE DISTRESS
    DOUBLE DISPUTE
    DOUBLE DISMAY
    DOUBLE DOUBTFUL….

    I suggest you revert to your undergrown dwelling in order to feast upon your banquet of feces and GET OUT OF HERE!!!!!

  • …….

    forrest allen brown
    Go back to your English school in Rio favela… Your English is so poor.. No one can understand what you’re writing… or perhaps you’re writing in chinese ?

    Costinha

  • Double-Dot

    To the four-footed beast Augustus
    Venezuela being a full-member of Mercosur makes no difference.. what’s Mercosur ? That is nothing … You banana eating moron think Mercosur is like the European Community ?! HAHAHA

    Why are you so worried about this issue anyway since you managed to flee from Brazil to live in America ? Just put the banana back into your mouth and shut up!

    God bless America

  • TathianaBH


    Gotta feeling that this will end badly!

  • Anderson

    Protectionism
    How will mercosur deal with the protectionism by Chavez?
    Will everyone need to cut of the US and its allies?

    Is Russia the only partner that they wont break agreements with?

    Lets just wait and see

  • ……

    Long Live Mercosur
    Bye bye “Sinking US of A,” hello “Venezuela.”

    Uncle Sam… Back to the bus you go!

    Costinha

  • Augustus

    Dismayed, Devastated and Disappointed… Dying Mercosul will become Venezuela’s main Political Forum for Chavez
    The devastating news that the Tyrannical Hugo Chavez will emerge victorious, by having Venezuela’s entry into Mercosul approved by the Brazilian senate, represents yet another indication of the actual weakness of the Brazilian opposition, along with the enormous danger that the country is likely to follow the Venezuelan path towards a “concealed” totalitarian populist neo-Marxist system A.K.A. “Bolivarian Democracy”.

    The first indications will appear with increasing control of the Brazilian press, attempts to forcefully privatize networks, increased opposition to the United States and an amendment to the Constitution to allow yet another term for the current incompetent incumbent…

    I’m extremely disappointed with Senator Sarney who, despite his obvious shared distaste for the objectionable Venezuelan Strong-Man, appears to feel unable to maintaining this valiant opposition to the Venezuelan formal entry into this dying Trade Pact. I suppose the admittance of Venezuela, which will unquestionably utilize the Mercosul as yet another stage from which the its dramatic totalitarian ruler will vomit insults and plot attacks to any of his opponents, as well as to consolidate and eventually formalize his political influence over the entire continentÀ¢€¦

    This is a very sad day for South America, Brazil, and particularly its citizens; as it will surely bring a fatal strike to the remnants of the most precious of all philosophical commodities in that unfortunate region: LIBERTY.
    🙁

  • forrest allen brown

    chaves is not a democracy
    it is a demagog .
    this will be a mess that will end with chaves crying at the top of his lungs the US controls
    MERCOSUR and you are all out to get me

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