Paraguay cancels US troops deal

President cites concerns of neighbours as being behind cancellation of agreement.

    Lugo said that presence of US troops would invite dissent from South American nations [Reuters]

    'Regrettable' decision

    Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina have each criticised the deal as a plan by Washington to increase its influence over the region.

    Liliana Ayalde, Washington's ambassador in Asuncion, called Lugo's decision to prevent the hosting of US troops by Paraguay "regrettable".

    The US troops' would have undertaken a variety of humanitarian projects, including building schools and clinics, she said.

    About 19,000 medical consultations that had been planned for remote regions of Paraguay will now be abandoned, she said.

    Officials from the Paraguayan government said that Lugo's decision would not negatively affect relations with Washington.

    Agreements with the United States in different sectors will not be affected, Hector Lacognata, Paraguay's foreign minister, said.

    "We have an excellent bilateral agenda with the United States. We have more then 30 current agreements with the US in diverse areas, of which six are in the area of military co-operation," he said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable

    Improving eco-efficiency within a capitalist growth-oriented system will not save the environment.