Suspended Venezuela tries to crash Mercosur trade bloc talks
Venezuela's foreign minister, Delcy Rodriguez, threatened to enter Argentina's foreign ministry “through a window if necessary” on Wednesday, but she still didn't get into a meeting of South American countries that suspended her nation from the Mercosur trade bloc.
Police were forced to intervene after Rodriguez arrived at Argentina's foreign ministry and accused other Mercosur members who have been critical of her government of conspiring against Venezuela.
Rodriguez was eventually allowed to enter the ministry, send tweets and "enjoy the building," Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra said at a news conference. But Malcorra said the Venezuelan was not allowed to attend the meeting and she told Rodriguez in person that Venezuela was not invited.
"No one ever gets into a multilateral meeting without authorization. The minister obviously felt she had the right to attend, but she had been told explicitly, verbally and in writing that she was not invited," Malcorra said.
Venezuela was suspended from Mercosur earlier this month over what other member nations said was its failure to comply with commitments on democracy and human rights that it made when it joined the group in 2012.