Uruguayan and Argentine officials meeting on Thursday in Chile have agreed to keep disagreeing on the pulp mills dispute, but praised the facilitating efforts of the Spanish King who helped to reestablish dialogue conditions.
World cereal prices are expected to stay high during the next year because of low global stocks, production problems and continued strong demand, according to the latest forecast of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released Wednesday.
The struggle for economic development, the need to do more to tackle climate change and the value of greater social cohesion were all spotlighted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he traveled to Chile, the second stop on his tour to South America.
The 17th Ibero-American summit kicked off Thursday, bringing together Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and Andorra, to discuss regional social issues and bilateral problems between neighbors.
Welcome back, boys!; New port report out now; New Lan aircraft - but no change for Falklands; UN's Ki-moon in South America.
In anticipation of the International Year of Sanitation in 2008 and with more than 2.6 billion people – 40% of the world's population – lacking access to toilets and other sanitation facilities, the head of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme has urged governments to adopt low-cost technology to ensure adequate sanitation for all.
Recent Chilean Health Ministry study found ozone levels in the northeast parts of greater Santiago higher than normal during 180 days this year. The study also linked the high levels of ozone in Santiago's atmosphere with increased rates of pneumonia.
The Argentine Foreign Ministry earlier this year announced the repudiation of the Joint Declaration over Oil signed with Britain on September 27, 1995. Its repudiation communiqué states that this was caused by an abusive interpretation by Britain of the area to which the 1995 Agreement should apply, and that on the basis on this abusive interpretation the British had launched a unilateral licensing round shortly after this was signed. The facts are very different.
Uruguay finally granted the long-awaited start-up permit for Finland's Botnia pulp mill, which Argentina argues will contaminate a shared river. The green light came late Thursday following a last ditch effort to resolve the several years-long diplomatic dispute between the neighboring countries during the Ibero American summit in Santiago, Chile.
Chile's Deputy Foreign Affairs minister Alberto Van Klaveren described the support given by the regime of General Augusto Pinochet to Britain during the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas conflict as things of the past.