December 9, 2013
'Argentina's insular policy shatters MERCOSUR,' Mujica warns
Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica questioned Argentina’s recent decision to stop freight transfers at ports belonging to MERCOSUR countries Buenos Aires has no maritime agreements with. Mujica blasted an “insular” position that “shatters” regional integration.
“It is a never-ending struggle that at globalization times and when the world is creating blocs above traditional states, it should already be a story we should be able to overcome with intelligence,” Uruguay’s head of state complaint as he described the announcement made by Argentina earlier this week an “insular policy.”
“We should defend ourselves facing the world as a team and never fall (in the trap) of defending each other against each other because that insular policy the only thing that does in the end is precisely to harm integration, shatters the MERCOSUR,” Mujica added.
Port operators in Uruguay have already warned about millionaire loses considering the move by Buenos Aires a “reprisal” for Montevideo’s decision to authorize the UPM mill to increase its production, thus reviving a long-standing environmental and diplomatic bilateral conflict.