Local July 4, 2012 | 12:09 pm

Fernandez asked to mediate in Paraguay row, ambassador in Spain says

Santo Domingo.- President Leonel Fernandez has been contacted by former Inter-American Bank (IDB) president Enrique Iglesias to attempt a mediation to resolve the political conflict in Paraguay unleashed by its ousted president Fernando Lugo’s congressional impeachment last week.

Dominican ambassador in Spain Cesar Medina, who made the revelation Wednesday, said Fernandez agreed to hear Iglesias’ concerns and discuss Paraguay’s political problems stemming from Lugo’s ouster. “Mr. Enrique is Uruguayan and seeks Leonel’s (Fernandez) mediation in an attempt to resolve the conflict in Paraguay from the congressional impeachment of President Lugo.”

In his column published by listin.com.do, the diplomat said despite leaving a long list of activities pending in Spain, “at the last minute, nearly at midnight, it was necessary to add to the schedule activities that he couldn’t fail to comply, such as an interview with Mr. Enrique Iglesias, Secretary General of the Segib (Secretariat General of Ibero-America),” and a prominent Uruguayan economist.

“Fernandez has become a benchmark of international political mediation when crises arrive at the highest level of tension,” Medina said.

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