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Mujica: Uruguay - Argentina relationship is 'at a standstill'

Uruguayan president José Mujica has admitted that his country's relationship with Argentina is "at a standstill", and suggested that improving relations was down to counterpart Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her actions.

"Relations with Argentina are at a standstill, but everything will depend on what the president decides," Mujica affirmed in today's interview, while stating that he had not spoken to CFK.

The head of state went on to say that a meeting with the Argentine president could occur during this month's Mercosur Summit, which is set to take place on January 17 in new member nation Venezuela.

"We could speak there. We will exchange some things and we shall see," Mujica asserted, also clarifying that at the present time "there is no [bilateral] agenda arranged with Argentina."

Relations between Argentina and Uruguay have been strained in recent years by a dispute over the ex-Botnia paper plant on the Uruguay River, which Argentines claim pollutes their land. Differences over CFK's trade policies have also made for a tense relationship between the neighbouring nations.
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