December 11, 2013
Mujica says pulp mill talks subject to elections, CFK health
For Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica, negotiations over the pulp mill conflict with Buenos Aires rely on the October 27 legislative elections and the health recovery of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Botnia talks might only then be resumed, he considered.
“We have decided not to make any more statements and wait a little longer. We wanted to see that the President (Cristina Fernández de Kirchner) recovers and that she was discharged,” Mujica told media and added that Argentina is at “an electoral process” taking Montevideo to be “cautious” and wait after the legislative elections here to take place in two weeks.
Bilateral tensions increased in the past days when the José Mujica administration authorized the UPM pulp mill company to increase its production, a move Argentina saw as a setback in a dispute that dates back to 2007. Buenos Aires indeed has vowed to take its claims to The Hague international court to rule on the diplomatic conflict.