UPF Meets President of Paraguay; Ex-President of Uruguay at Seminar

The AP reports from Paraguay:

…A presidential press office source, who spoke on condition of not being named, confirmed [Neil] Bush met President Nicanor Duarte on Thursday along with a delegation from the Universal Peace Federation, a group associated with Moon.

…Duarte himself had no statement on the meeting.

Bush took part in a UPF seminar entitled “Toward a New Paradigm of Leadership and Government in Times of World Crisis”, reportedly alongside former Uruguay president Jose Maria Sanguinetti. The article concludes:

Groups allied with Moon publish a newspaper, operate businesses and have large land holdings in Paraguay, South America’s second-poorest country.

Could the AP be making a dig here against its rival, the Moon-owned UPI? The AP’s source, ABC Color, gives a bit more background:

El grupo Moon posee grandes extensiones de tierra en el norte de Paraguay, en la frontera con Brasil, y a mediados del año pasado la Corte Suprema de Justicia anuló la expropiación aprobada por el Congreso paraguayo de más de 52.000 de dos empresas de esa comunidad religiosa.

La decisión fue criticada duramente por el gobernante, ya que la expropiación debía beneficiar a los pobladores de Puerto Casado, una apartada localidad del norte del país, cuyo casco urbano está en los dominios del grupo religioso.

Neil Bush se trasladó luego a la sede del Senado para participar de un seminario internacional organizado por la Federación y que tiene como tema “Paradigmas de nuevos liderazgos en América Latina y el Caribe en un tiempo de crisis a nivel mundial”, según los organizadores.

Neil Bush’s links to Moon have of course been known for a long time, and in 2005 Bush accompanied Moon on a tour of Taiwan and the Philippines to promote the UPF.

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