Friday, August 23rd 2013 - 03:47 UTC

Uruguay closer to ALBA than to the Pacific Alliance says foreign minister

Uruguay is closer to joining the Bolivarian alliance for the Americas, (ALBA) than the Pacific Alliance said Uruguayan foreign minister Luis Almagro to a packed audience with government officials, local businesspeople and diplomats. He also argued that the ‘tail wind’ that has been so favourable for Latinamerica ‘was over two years ago”.

Almagro admitted however that he has instructions for Uruguay to join the Alliance during the current

Almagro was invited to talk about ‘the pillars of Uruguay’s foreign policy’ to a select audience among which were representatives from different commerce and manufacturing industries chambers that only last week presented the government with a detailed report of the growing difficulties confronted by the Uruguayan economy, particularly rising (labour) costs and loss of competitiveness because of the strong local currency.

“Uruguayan foreign policy is international insertion and this has two legs, the region and the world, and both must be doing fine, otherwise Uruguay begins to limp”, said Almagro.

Then and contrary to what has been official policy sponsored by President Jose Mujica and Vice-president Danilo Astori, Almagro said that Uruguay was closer to joining ALBA (Venezuela’s former president Hugo Chavez brain-child created to combat US influence in the region), that the Alliance of the Pacific, which includes Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Panama and Costa Rica in the process of incorporation.

Contrary to ALBA which preaches a strong government intervention in the economy through price controls, nationalizations and selective foreign investment (mainly government to government deals), the Alliance of the Pacific is fully committed to open markets, low tariffs, attracting foreign investment and promoting the private sector.

“We must keep getting closer to each of the integration projects in Latinamerica. We are observers of the Pacific Alliance, standing guests of ALBA, we have made proposals to deepen links and cooperation with each of these mechanisms which we understand is crucial for integration prospects”, explained the Uruguayan foreign minister.

Then he added “maybe because of the mandate from the political force behind the government we are closer to ALBA that the Pacific Alliance, where we have a mandate of becoming partners during this government”.

ALBA countries include Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and several Caribbean islands which have are energy short and receive oil from Venezuela in very good long-term conditions (Haiti, Syria and Iran figure as observers).

Almagro then talked about the international scenario, which he said ‘has ceased to be favourable” and that “uncertainty has reproduced in the region’.

This forces Uruguay to negotiate with its neighbours and consolidate what has been achieved, and although admitting trade difficulties with Brazil and Argentina, Mercosur continues to be the best option because of the sales volumes and the fact they buy goods with added value.

“Integration which absorbs most of the political time of the foreign ministry must be extremely realistic and built on concrete steps”, said Almagro.

Likewise bilateral complementation agreements as the one recently agreed with Brazil must be sponsored, and Mercosur as a block should be on the same track of closer links with other groups, ‘helping the region to signal foreign policy”.

Referent Mercosur, Uruguay’s head of the Exporters Union Teresa Aishemberg admitted Venezuela was a very good market because of its purchasing capacity and very good prices, but is also presents severe problems when it comes to paying.

“To this we must add the fact that Argentine obstacles to Uruguayan exports have seen sales to that market fall 14%, while in Brazil the strong devaluation of the currency has had an impact for our productivity”, said Aishemberg.

When asked about Mercosur and Paraguay, which was suspended and although the sanction was lifted last 15 August is in no hurry to return to Mercosur and is flirting with the Pacific Alliance, Almagro said he hoped that the Paraguayan Senate would finally vote the incorporation of Venezuela.

“Mercosur, the region, Uruguay, and the Paraguayan people need Paraguay inside Mercosur” underlined Almagro.

As to Iran, Almagro said that Uruguay’s position is that as long as Teheran collaborates with the Argentine justice investigation into the AMIA attack in Buenos Aires, “cutting dialogue with Iran would be a major political and strategic error”.  
 

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1 Anglotino (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 05:07 am Report abuse
The FOREIGN MINISTER prefers Alba and Mercosur!

And in breaking news..... the sky is blue.
2 GeoffWard2 (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 08:12 am Report abuse
To chose ALBA over the Pacific Alliance is a 'no-brainer'.
Yup ... that explains a lot!
3 Conqueror (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 09:35 am Report abuse
Like anyone cares. And the relevance of Uruguay is what? It's a tiny little irrelevant adjunct to argieland. Anyone want to list the nations that have altered their foreign policy to cater to Uruguay? Uruguay - stick with what you might be able to do. Feed your people. Then choose. Be taken over by argieland or build up your defences. Remember that argieland regards you as a province that, temporarily, it doesn't control. Remember that argieland tried to steal a British territory. It failed. But what chance do you stand?
4 Mastershake (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 12:20 pm Report abuse
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324619504579030704107044192.html

www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/23/us-argentina-appeal-decision-idUSBRE97M0NP20130823

LOL @ Argentina!
5 Stevie (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 02:17 pm Report abuse
Come on MP, it's been two days now.

Tell your readers what's going on in Paraguay.

Let them know what happened to Cartes' uncle while your at it...
6 reality check (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 02:23 pm Report abuse
Oh, you have my interest, why don't you tell us what happened to his uncle?
7 Condorito (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 02:45 pm Report abuse
Uruguay closer to insanity than to sanity.

Oh well, too bad.
8 reality check (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 03:00 pm Report abuse
Spoilt for choice? Aren't they!
9 Truth_Tellіng_Trοll (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 03:04 pm Report abuse
@6
Guzz is being his usual slow self. He is referring to old news. Cartes' uncle (“Papacho”) was detained flying a light aircraft in to Uruguay without permission. The plane was carrying drugs.

“Papacho” is a know narco. In years gone by he was a DEA informant and was sentenced to 17 years in Brazil. Thanks to Wikileaks we also know that the US was concerned about his links to Cartes.

So the news is that a known narco was caught ... wait for it ... smuggling drugs. It is about as surprising as the K's flying cash in and out of the country in light aircraft.
10 reality check (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 03:09 pm Report abuse
Thanks.
11 Truth_Tellіng_Trοll (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 03:50 pm Report abuse
@10
More news worthy are events in northern Paraguay where other narcos, “The Paraguayan Peoples Army” kidnapped and murdered 5 poor farm workers. But they did it in the name of “Marxism” so that's ok.

Flying marijuana to Pepe = BAD
Killing poor people in the name of making more poor people = GOOD
12 Think (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 03:53 pm Report abuse
(5) Stevie……

Not only his uncle is an excellent (convicted) narco pilot….
Two of his first cousins are also excellent (convicted) narco pilots….
The Cartes family seems to have a ”special interest” in small planes from Wichita,…..
Ramón Cartes, the father of Horacio Cartes, current elected President of Paraguay was the representative in Paraguay for Cessna..... (and…. an excellent pilot too)

And guess what???

Horacio Cartes, current elected President of Paraguay was an excellent pilot too….
Before he bought his first company…………….
13 Truth_Tellіng_Trοll (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 04:32 pm Report abuse
“Horacio Cartes, current elected President of Paraguay”

“elected” washes away all sin and pardons all Krimes.
14 Anglotino (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 05:20 pm Report abuse
Being tarred by the sins of the family.

That's a slippery slope.
15 ChrisR (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 06:34 pm Report abuse
Back on point: Almagro is an out and out argie commie. He may be the Foreign Minister of Uruguay but just look at his comments:

“Then and contrary to what has been official policy sponsored by President Jose Mujica and Vice-president Danilo Astori, Almagro said that Uruguay was closer to joining ALBA (Venezuela’s former president Hugo Chavez brain-child created to combat US influence in the region), that the Alliance of the Pacific”

“Then he added “maybe because of the mandate from the political force behind the government we are closer to ALBA that the Pacific Alliance, where we have a mandate of becoming partners during this government”. WELL he needs to get a fucking move on because “this government” is out on its arse before the end of next year.

“Referent Mercosur, Uruguay’s head of the Exporters Union Teresa Aishemberg admitted Venezuela was a very good market because of its purchasing capacity and very good prices, but is also presents severe problems when it comes to paying.” You really couldn’t make this crap up could you. Tis stupid cow continues to want to do business with a country they cannot get the money for what they have “sold” them. She needs toi understand the definition of sold FFS.

AND TO END:
“As to Iran, Almagro said that Uruguay’s position is that as long as Teheran collaborates with the Argentine justice investigation into the AMIA attack in Buenos Aires, “cutting dialogue with Iran would be a major political and strategic error”.

I can think of one major error that the demented Pepe is still making: he is keeping this argie idiot as our Foreign Minister despite the bastard ignoring his direct instructions.
16 Stevie (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 06:59 pm Report abuse
TTT
Seeing the military on the streets fighting civilians reminds me of a movie I've already seen...

Scumbags they are. Murderers.
Thieving, narco-trafficking murderers.

Not long now...
17 reality check (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 07:16 pm Report abuse
Duh! Come the revolution.

Oh dear, abandonned north of the Equator, didn't work!
18 Elena (#) Aug 23rd, 2013 - 08:25 pm Report abuse
There´s a conflict between Astori the vicepresident of Uruguay and it´s Foreing Minister Almagro, one went to the last Pacific Alliance summit and wants Uruguay in but Almagro doesn´t want to. In The mean time Uruguay is observer of PA and member of mercosur. Time will tell how next govertment will tackle this issue.

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