Stories for June 2000
An Argentine application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to investigate the sinking of the cruiser General Belgrano in the 1982 Falklands Conflict with the loss of more than 320 crew has been met by surprise and rejection in the United Kingdom.
What is described as a catastrophic decline in the population of the South Atlantic sea lion has prompted some experts to call for it to be officially declared an endangered species, as has happened with the North Pacific Stella sea lion. That has suffered a similar decline for different reasons and has been declared an endangered species by the United States.
Two Falklands Councillors, Richard Cockwell and Sharon Halford are due to attend the Committee of twenty-four in New York on 11 July.
Argentine agriculture transferred overall 3,6 billion US dollars to the rest of the economy, mainly industry, --automobiles, textiles and petroleum refining-- exposed to fierce international competition.
Mexico and three Central American countries formalised this week the North Triangle free trade agreement, the result of eight years of negotiations and a step closer to creating a common market that will extend from Mexico to Panama.
Javier Solana, the European Union Foreign Affairs representative will participate this week in the Buenos Aires Mercosur presidential summit when Argentina will be symbolically handing the revolving six months chair to Brazil.