UNASUR Secretary-General Ernesto Samper on Saturday said it was highly concerning for the entire region that the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is advancing so quickly, in spite of the absolute lack of evidence against her.
"We see that the impeachment process against the president without ... any proof or evidence against her that links her to any wrongdoing," Samper said. "The procedure against her and the possibility of her temporary or permanent removal from office would be a highly concerning issue for the whole region."
Samper announced the 12 foreign ministers of the UNASUR regional bloc would hold a meeting to discuss the political crisis in Brazil.
"The date of the meeting will be discussed today among the foreign ministers," Samper added, saying that a joint statement condemning the attacks on Rousseff and Brazil's democracy would be the result of this private meeting.
Why Brazil Matters
Samper's comments came after the 12 foreign minister from the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, met in the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World), Ecuador, some 10 miles north of the capital Quito.
The UNASUR summit was initially meant to be a presidential emergency conference to discuss the natural disasters that plunged Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay into tragedy, and the ill-conceived and politically charged impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, which in words of Reuters, has plunged the country into a profound economic and political crisis.
"Brazil is currently in the intensive care unit of UNASUR," Samper added. "Brazil is a huge country with great capacity to assimilate its problems ... we expect that the parties involved in the political crisis reiterate their commitment to democracy."
The UNASUR head said, "We also expect that Dilma Rousseff overcomes the crisis and that she comes out of it completely free of any consequences."
UNASUR Secretary General Ernesto Samper speaks to Venezuelan Foreign Minister upon her arrival to the organization's headquarters in Mitad del Mundo, April 23, 2016. | Photo: teleSUR/Carla Gonzalez