May 25, 2013
Argentina dubbed 'most distressing problem'
Following reports of an imminent toughening up of bilateral relations with Argentina, Uruguayan President José Mujica yesterday affirmed that the perceived difficulties in relations with Argentina was “one of the most distressing problems” for his government.
Mujica asserted that maintaining a conciliatory relationship is pivotal for the small nation’s welfare, rhetorically asking: “What is the alternative, taking matters to The Hague?” He thus refuted reports suggesting Uruguay’s posture would become more defiant and focused on trade relations with Brazil.
Speaking at the Pit-Cnt umbrella union grouping headquarters, the Uruguayan leader affirmed that “dealing with the difficulties that Argentina presents” was a serious challenge, as the Argentine economy’s condition affects the Uruguayan economy the most out of any other country in the region, “regardless of its convenience for us or not.”
The president also drew attention to the fact that Argentina is the third highestdestination for exports and that the great majority of those goods have added-value.
Mujica asserted that the “wellbeing of the workers” should be the priority, and assured that the way forward was to foster a productive relationship with Argentina.
The Uruguayan head of state also emphasized the necessity to “widen” the parameters of “Mercosur as much as possible,” and considered the incorporation of Venezuela to be “decisive,” supporting his claim by citing a 20-25 percent fall in exports to Europe in recent years, while exports to Latin American countries increased.
almagro justifies CARP MEMBER DISMISSAL
The Uruguayan Foreign Minister, Luis Almagro, yesterday justified the removal of Juan Gabito Zoboli from the Administrative Committee of the River Plate (CARP) by stating that “there are many people seeking to prevent negotiations” between Argentina and Uruguay.
The two countries, both of whom are represented on the CARP, are seeking to find a resolution to the issue of the dredging of the Martín García channel.
Zoboli had claimed that Uruguay had “tolerated in silence” delays in negotiations presented by Argentina, and accused the neighbouring state of “blocking” the advance of the dredging tender.
Almagro yesterday described Zoboli’s statements as “inadmissable” and “unprofessional” when justifying the latter’s removal.
Herald with Ambito.com, Telam