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Accord Signed: Paraguay Joins Telesur

On Saturday, the incorporation of Paraguay to regional channel Telesur was agreed to by the governments of Venezuela and Paraguay.  This agreement was reached during President Hugo Chávez’s visit to Paraguay for the inauguration of Fernando Lugo.

The accord was signed by Andrés Izarra, Minister of People’s Power for Communication and Information, and his Paraguayan counterpart, Efraín Alegre.  This initiative is one of twelve cooperative accords approved during the visit, which took place in the San Pedro de Ycuamandiyú department, 370 kilometers from Asunción, the capital of Paraguay.

With this decision, Paraguay joins the list of countries who have expressed an interest in the broadcasting and operation of Televisora del Sur.  This comes on the heels of the Seventh Conference of Ministers of Information of Non-Aligned Countries (Cominac), held on Margarita Island at the beginning of last July.

At the conference, Minister Izarra noted that delegations from the non-aligned countries expressed interest in Telesur as an alternative media outlet for the people of the global south.

“The topic of Televisora del Sur (Telesur) was particularly well received, and various delegations showed an interest in expanding the channel’s reach.  This strengthens the political foundations that the movement has sown in order to continue constructing and discussing a new order for communications,” said Izarra.

With the incorporation of Paraguay, South American integration is strengthened in terms of communications.

MinCI / Press Department of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela / August 16 2008

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