Stories for April 2003
Argentine caretaker president Eduardo Duhalde abandoned his so far impartial and distant stand and openly campaigned for Néstor Kirchner, presidential candidate for the coming April 27 election.
THE British Antarctic Survey (BAS) loses a unique character this month, with the retirement of Captain Stuart Lawrence.
Captain Lawrence (59), who has visited the Antarctic every summer for the past thirty-three years, made his final Antarctic voyage in charge of the RRS Ernest Shackleton last month.
Argentine president Eduardo Duhalde speaking in Puerto Madryn during the main commemoration of the Argentine landing in the Falklands 21 years ago that led to the full fledged 1982 South Atlantic conflict said that the Malvinas have been, are and will be Argentine. However he repeatedly insisted that the Argentines are committed to peace.
After three months in office, leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva enjoys widespread popularity, according to a opinion poll released Wednesday.
The five main candidates for the Argentine presidential election next May 25 favour intensifying diplomatic actions to recover the Falkland Islands and all similarly criticize the current caretaker administration of President Duhalde for its passivity regarding the issue.
Argentina will remember today with several ceremonies the 21st Anniversary of the April 2 Falklands landing in 1982. Most commemorations have been organized by Malvinas veterans and caretaker president will be present in Puerto Madryn, Chubut province, where a Monument to the Malvinas Combatant will be unveiled together with two statues from a well known local sculptor.
Venezuela is resuming shipments of unleaded gasoline from the Paraguana refinery complex, with a first U.S.-bound ship currently being loaded
Headlines: Super squid surfaces in Antarctic; Common name; Spain reveals fleet renovation rules; Fisheries policy reform meeting held in Canary Islands; Russia plans return to Latin American waters; Squid fishers challenge government; Red tide levels drop in south Chile; Funds for fleet modernisation in Brazil; Trawler ban in the Mediterranean; Gibraltar's blackspot seabream gets quality label; E U approves changes to decommissioning funds...more.
Carlos Massad, Chile's Central Bank president resigned this Monday following a string of financial scandals involving the stealing of privileged information from his office by unfaithful dependents.
European Union-Mercosur trade negotiations are on track according to the timetable agreed in Rio do Janeiro last August, and the recent Athens EU ministerial meeting ratified political support to the talks, said Pascal Lamy, EU Trade Commissioner currently visiting Mercosur member countries.