March 9, 2014
Conflict scenario with Uruguay 'ridiculous'
In an interview with international media in Havana, Cuba where he attended the recent summit of the CELAC regional bloc, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman rejected versions alluding to a conflict between Buenos Aires and Montevideo saying bilateral ties are “appropriate y deep.”
“The relations between Argentina and Uruguay are good, much deeper than what some media headlines say and it could not be another way because we are neighboring countries that live together and whose people are integrated,” the minister said also considering a conflict scenario “ridiculous.”
Timerman was queried about the current stance of relations with the administration of Uruguayan José Pepe Mujica whose ministers have complaint about Argentina’s economic agenda, even raising questions about the future of the MERCOSUR trading bloc. Bilateral tensions also tightened with an environmental dispute that dates back to 2005 and escalated last year with the authorization granted by Mujica’s government to the UPM pulp mill to increase its production.
On the sidelines of the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held this week in Cuba, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner met leader Mujica.
“There is a very important economic integration and besides thousands of Argentineans live in Uruguay and thousands of Uruguayans live in Argentina,” the head of Argentina’s diplomatic affairs pointed out.
“We will sit at a table and talk and treat all the matters that Uruguay wants to discuss with Argentina and all the matters Argentina wants to discuss with Uruguay, but there is no conflict,” Timerman insisted.