Stories for May 2003
No changes are expected in the current sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands, with both Britain and Argentina holding their positions. This seems to have been the message from Sir Gareth Williams, president of the House of Lords, Prime Minister Tony Blair' special envoy to the assumption of Argentine president Nestor Kirchner who also praised the institutional stability of the country and said much could be advanced in fields of mutual interest.
Rough times for Chile's president Ricardo Lagos. After the imprisonment of several close aides working in his former Ministry of Public Works; the stripping of legislative privilege of five Deputies belonging to the ruling coalition and suspected of taking bribes, and a contrary court ruling regarding additional undercover payments, (perks), to political appointees in the civil service, Mr. Lagos now faces another scandal with claims of pressures on the press to prevent the publication of an article devastating for the junior partner of the coalition.
Industry players say President Néstor Kirchner needs to recognise the industry's potential for helping the country to overcome its current socioeconomic crisis and for generating export revenue
Thousands of Argentinean students and leftist sympathizers were enthralled by a harangue delivered by Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who paraded his pacifist convictions, blasted the United States and reminisced about Che Guevara.
Mr Speaker, Honourable Members of the Legislative Council, Listeners to the Falkland Islands Broadcasting Station, Ladies and Gentlemen:
Gerardo Nieto, Santa Cruz's Fisheries Secretary since 1994 will be occupying the same job but at federal level under the new Argentine administration of President Nestor Kirchner.
Uruguay was declared free of foot and mouth disease, FAM, by vaccination during the annual meeting of the International Office of Epizooties, OIE, held in Paris last week with participation of delegations from 164 countries, which also approved radical changes to the current procedures.
The controversial decision last week by the Brazilian Central Bank to leave the basic interest rate Selic unchanged at 26,5%, and the strangely unanimous release supporting it by the bank's Monetary Committee, are still reverberating in Brazilian political and business circles.
Brazil will be defining a new calendar for the Free Trade Association of the Americas, FTAA, talks, to replace the current timetable that anticipates the signing of an agreement by the end of 2005.
A politically stable, prosperous and united Latinamerica based on the ideals of democracy and social justice, a strategic alliance with Mercosur, plus a serious, wide and mature relation with United States and Europe were defined by incoming Argentine president Nestor Kirchner as the pillars of his administration's foreign policy.