Stories for June 2002

Tuesday, June 25th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Trade dispute with neighbors

Chile formally requested last week the intervention of the World Trade Organization, WTO, regarding “discriminatory” taxing by Uruguay and Peru, against imported goods.

Tuesday, June 25th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Irizar sets sail on second Antarctic rescue mission

Almost 100 years after a young Argentine Navy Lieutenant succeeded in rescuing a Swedish scientific expedition stranded on Antarctica the vessel named after him set sail from Buenos Aires this morning on a rescue operation to free a German transport vessel trapped in the ice on the edge of Antarctica.

Tuesday, June 25th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Grass root politics for Alfonsín

Former Argentine president Raúl Alfonsín is expected to resign his Senate bench and commit himself fully to “grass root politics”, according to his closest aides.

Tuesday, June 25th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Menem leads among Peronists

Former Argentine president Carlos Menem who ambitions a third mandate leads among Peronist hopefuls according to a poll published this week in the Buenos Aires press.

Tuesday, June 25th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

King Juan Carlos invited to Antarctica

Chile has extended an official invitation to Spain's King Juan Carlos to tour Chilean Antarctic stations and visit the different scientific research programs.

Monday, June 24th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Squid transshipment in Montevideo

During June, twenty five vessels that normally fish in South Atlantic waters have been in Montevideo for transshipment, maintenance and other industry related operations, representing a turnover of over seven million US dollars.

Monday, June 24th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

The “Lula factor”

In an attempt to avert the “black” Friday of last week, and his presidential chances, Brazil's Socialist candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised to honor foreign debt and continue with the current stabilization program if he wins October's presidential election.

Monday, June 24th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

“Strangled Argentina”

Argentina will seek this week in Washington the green light from the International Monetary Fund, IMF, for the rescheduling of its foreign debt maturing in the coming 18 months.

Sunday, June 23rd 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Prize for Antarctic scientists

The Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, SCAR, a non profit organization of scientists deeply concerned about Antarctica was honored with the much prized Spanish International Cooperation Príncipe de Asturias (equivalent to Prince of Wales) annual Award.

Friday, June 21st 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Uruguay prepares for the worse

Two days after the International Monetary Fund, IMF, approved a massive support package, Uruguay announced the free flotation of its currency.

Uruguay, locked between its two powerful Mercosur partners, Argentina and Brazil, has been suffering the direct consequences of the regional financial instability, particularly when Argentines fearing a contagion flocked to withdraw deposits from Uruguayan banks.

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