Stories for April 2002
Argentina's peso held firm against the dollar Monday as banks and foreign currency houses reopened after a weeklong shutdown and as a new economy minister was taking charge.
Uruguay has been promised an additional one billion US dollars to support its financial system that has been exposed to the impact of Argentina's current political and economic turmoil.
Uruguay's President Jorge Batlle said Saturday his country will maintain consular relations with Cuba, despite a deep row between the two countries in recent weeks.
Chilean President Ricardo Lagos said he expects Congressional opposition will understand the importance of the recent association agreement between Chile and the European Union and help with its legislative approval.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chaves named this Sunday veteran political leader and former Defence Minister José Vicente Rangel as his new vicepresident, a vital post in the government structure.
The Falklands Director of Fisheries, John Barton, has ruled out ?an immediate closure' of the Loligo and Illex Argentinus squid fishing seasons, but said on Wednesday that the ?desperate situation of low catches is being carefully monitored daily'.
The Prince of Wales and Baroness Thatcher and other major political and military personalities involved in the 1982 Falklands War were guests of the Falkland Families Association with 200 other people at their special anniversary reunion, memorial service and annual general meeting (on Saturday April 27th).
Tribute has been paid by Baroness Thatcher to the people of the Falklands and to the men of the armed forces who liberated them. In a foreword to an updated version of Sir Rex Hunt's book My Falkland Days, she says she never thought she would have to order British forces into battle.
Incoming Argentine Minister of Economy Roberto Lavagna confirmed a floating currency, no price controls and a clear willingness to follow and comply with the reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund, IMF, according to interviews in Buenos Aires Sunday newspapers.
Lagos expects quick ratification / Something smells fishy / Rocketing quarter / Changes in slow motion / Markets trust test for Mr. Lavagna / Cabinet reshuffle / Infant exploitation / Hard to believe