Paraguayan Foreign Minister Jose Felix Fernandez stated that after Venezuela took the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur this past Friday, Mercosur has closed its doors to Paraguay. The inclusion of Venezuela and new position as pro tempore President of the block violates international law by excluding Paraguay’s vote from the process. Minister Fernandez also stated that by prolonging the return of Paraguay to August 15, they were not respecting Paraguay’s diplomatic process. (July 13, 2013 MercoPress)