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US Military Presence in Paraguay Threatening the Region
27 Sep 2005
US Military Presence in Paraguay Threatening the Region
Havana, Sept 27 (Prensa Latina) US military presence in Paraguay is turning the South American country into a Pentagon platform for intervention in the region, representative of the Paraguayan Initiative for Peoples´ Integration Sixto Pereira has denounced.

Pereira is in Havana to attend the 2nd Jubilee South World Assembly, an event of condemnation of foreign debt.

He said Asunción-Washington military links date from the time of Stroessner´s 35-year dictatorship.

Then a runway was built in El Chaco, in Mariscal Estigarribia, for heavy equipment and weapons to land as part of the same strategy of geopolitical domination of the region, he added.

In his opinion, this renewed US military presence is linked to their bases in Manta, Ecuador; Palmerola, Honduras; in Colombia and other countries in the continent.

He stressed that currently, US military personnel carry weapons wherever they go in Paraguay, particularly in the areas where farmer movements are stronger and more active. And there they go under the cover of civic-military actions.

"Their troops have a base in my country in order to intervene against Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay," the Paraguayan social activist denounced.

What is unprecedented, he said, is that this time they came supported by two laws proposed by the government of President Nicanor Duarte, one granting them impunity and the other opening the doors for them and probably letting them stay longer.

The real objective is to control natural resources in the area, including oil and gas and the Guarani aquifer, he said.

Pereira announced that a movement demanding a pullout of US troops is gaining momentum, with mobilizations through the National Front of Struggle for Life and Sovereignty.

As a first objective, we demand the abolition of regulations that harbour and give impunity to Pentagon troops, he indicated. "It is a demand in favour of Paraguay and Latin American integration."

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