By Dialogo May 14, 2010 The U.S. ambassador in Paraguay, Liliana Ayalde, urged local authorities to punish “the acts of terrorism” of the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a leftist radical organization that has claimed responsibility for a number of kidnappings and murders. “All acts of terrorism should be punished in Paraguay,” the diplomat said, speaking to the 9.70 AM radio station after attending the presentation of a plan to aid rural producers with scarce resources in the department of San Pedro (in northern Paraguay) with backing from the United States. She was referring to the incursions of the EPP, an armed group that has claimed responsibility for two kidnappings in two years and for the murder of four police slightly less than a month ago, and to which kidnappings and bomb attacks have been attributed. The most recent occurrence caused Fernando Lugo’s administration to declare a thirty-day state of emergency in five departments in northern Paraguay at the end of April. “All attacks on people’s lives and on private property should be repudiated,” Ayalde said.