Thursday, August 29th 2013 - 03:50 UTC

Uruguay’s first lady praises Cristina Fernandez and blast opposition

Uruguay’s First Lady and Senator Lucia Topolansky said that for her fellow countrymen having a dispute with Argentina is “like fighting with yourself” and described as ‘painful’ the several years long conflict between the two countries over the construction of the UPM (former Botnia) pulp mill on a shared river.

Having a dispute with Argentina is “like fighting with yourself” says the Uruguayan first lady

The wife of President Jose Mujica also denied the existence of a project to build a new pulp mill on the River Uruguay (the natural border between the neighbouring countries), and revealed that yes there are plans for another pulp mill but “to the east of the country” far from Argentina.

Speaking to an Argentine radio Senator Topolansky said that “Argentine and Uruguayan scientists are constantly monitoring whatever can happen at the UPM plant. We must trust in them, they are the ones who know the subject. The conflict over the pulp mill had many more components than environmental issues”.

“People from Gualeguaychú (the town in Argentina across from the UPM plant and which led the protests) with time are going to understand. The number of Uruguayans with family or that live in Gualeguaychú is impressive. Thus the conflict was like fighting with a brother/sister, that is why it was so painful”, said Topolansky.

“Painful because fighting with Argentina is like having a problem with one self. That is why it had such an impact. We worked to overcome the situation and I think it has considerably improved”.

The wife of President Mujica is tipped to be the running mate of Tabare Vazquez for the ruling coalition presidential ticket for 2014. Former president Vazquez has already announced he considers himself a pre-candidate for next year’s presidential election, and President Mujica’s grouping MPP as one of the two strongest in the ruling Broad Front coalition is entitled to the Vice-presidency.

Further on Senator Topolansky said that the controversy over giving the city of Montevideo’s key to visiting Argentine President Cristina Fernandez was ‘the opposition’s position’.

“It’s a very short sighted attitude. Countries don’t move, they remain where they are. We, with the neighbours have always tried to have the best and most fraternal of links. The opposition in Uruguay does not share the idea of the Big Fatherland which the progressive parties of the region support”, claimed the First Lady.

On Tuesday Cristina Fernandez was present in Montevideo for the opening of a fuels (gasoline and diesel) de-sulphuring plant, when she was given the key of the city, but again the Argentine leader overstated. She argued the plant with an investment of 400 million dollars and YPF technology was possible because of Argentine financing.

The truth is that the financing came from Venezuela’s scheme of selling oil on long term soft loan conditions, and a subsidiary of YPF was involved but the technology is Dutch. Likewise the plant became essential for filtering the ‘cheap’ but extremely heavy Venezuelan crude with a high content of contaminating and engine deteriorating sulphur.

The Uruguayan opposition rejected the presence of Cristina Fernandez by not attending the plant inauguration ceremony arguing that the Argentine president has been most obstructive and aggressive when not harmful towards Uruguay with her trade, banking, money-exchange, tourism and industrial policies.   

However Lucia Topolansky claimed that the opposition which despises Cristina Fernandez “were the architects in transforming Uruguay is a financial holdout, a fiscal haven, a ‘laundramat’ to launder money which led to the collapse of the Uruguayan economy and financial system in 2002. We have laboriously been dismounting that scheme and we have opted for integration and transparency. But they are free luckily to complain and make statements”.        

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1 Anglotino (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 04:43 am Report abuse
It is such a shame that the country that will be second most affected and pay most dearly if Argentina collapses again is Uruguay.

Considering some of the blind sycophantic nonsense that emanates from many of its politicians it is no wonder.

Countries might not be able to move, however that doesn't mean they need to hand over effective sovereignty to a larger neighbour. Uruguay should be differentiating itself in economic and political ways from Argentina while playing up the fact that it shares the same language, similar culture and proximity. That way companies that want access to the Argentine market would base themselves there and enrich Uruguay.

It is why many companies base their Asia-Pacific headquarters or operations in Australia instead of many Asian countries because they trust the governmental, legal and civil institutions more than they might in Indonesia or Vietnam.

Sucking up to Argentina has not served Uruguay well up to this point. It is no wonder that other neighbours such as Chile, Paraguay and Brazil turn their back to prosper elsewhere.
2 manchesterlad (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 08:31 am Report abuse
Glad to hear Topolansky is so fond of CFK, it's just as well since she will have her as a room mate when she asks for political asylum in 2015.... or even sooner!!!
3 Simon68 (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 08:58 am Report abuse
When Lucia Topolansky says that the present opposition:

“... were the architects in transforming Uruguay is a financial holdout, a fiscal haven, a ‘laundramat’ to launder money which led to the collapse of the Uruguayan economy and financial system in 2002...”

She is either telling lies or is incredibly stupid (which she isn't). The collapse of the Uruguayan economy in 2002 was because of the collapse of the Argentine economy in 2001!!!!!!!!!!
4 Britworker (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 09:17 am Report abuse
Topolansky, another great South American name, to go with Kirchner and Timmerman. And these people say the Falklanders have no right to be there. I don't know about Uruguay being the arse of Argentina, but they are definitely the arse lickers.
5 redp0ll (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 11:23 am Report abuse
“The conflict over the pulp mill had many more components than the environmental issues” Too right madam. Your husbands predeccesor Vasquez contacted Bush in USA in case Argentine military crossed the frontier
“we must trust the scientists” By all means but why do the Argentine scientists continually block the publication of the monitoring results. Why? Could it be that the main source of pollution is in Gualeguaychu itself where all these so called environmentalists live
So they threaten to block the bridges again? Well spring is just around the corner when many Argentines begin to think about thier holidays in Uruguay. Rather strange that these government inspired threats of possible future blockade come at this moment. Or is it?
6 Lord Ton (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 11:38 am Report abuse
So why did Uruguay bother to fight for independence ?
7 reality check (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 12:49 pm Report abuse
Good question?
8 redp0ll (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 01:17 pm Report abuse
Funnily enough some of us , probably most of us, rather value our independence in spite of what the spineless idiots in government say
9 reality check (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 01:45 pm Report abuse
Not living in a country with a land border with a larger country, I suspect that you have to learn to live with and appease your larger neighbours. Certainly if you want to avoid conflict and retain your independence.

Makes sense!
10 ElaineB (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 01:53 pm Report abuse
CFK is on her way out. Her own country will turn on her and remove her. Uruguay just needs to placate her for a little while longer.
11 reality check (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
Must be a bloody awful existence as a government, when every decision you make, must be made with consideration to how your neighbours will react?

Am I wrong!
12 ElaineB (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 02:20 pm Report abuse
@11 I think you are right. CFK is unpredictable, unstable and vindictive.
13 Pete Bog (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 02:24 pm Report abuse
It's a pity Uruguay have this subservient attitude to a country worse than they are, when Argentina causes most of the arguments.

Lucia Topolansky @4 (yes, nice transplanted name) seems to have Neville Chamberlain as her political hero.
14 reality check (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 03:27 pm Report abuse
I was going to say I feel sorry for the the people of Uruguay having to live under such conditions, but then I thought, no! how could I, not knowing what it is like.
15 redp0ll (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 03:28 pm Report abuse
Pete :Argentina causes ALL of the arguments. Yes Pepe will probably return one day from BA waving a piece of paper signed by Frau Kirchner! But you must remember Uruguay has ni Royal Navy in the offing to defend us. Allies? None on the immediate horizon, so if Argentinas weak armed forces invaded there would be a lot of noise at the UN but nowt else. The RGs may find it easy to overun our country but they might find it a very tough nut to swallow
16 Mr Ed (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 03:51 pm Report abuse
@13 Not Mr Chamberlain as a hero, but Vidkun Quisling perhaps?
17 reality check (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 03:54 pm Report abuse
I believe you, how else could you have been independent all this time.

Did you never think of forming an alliance along the lines of Nato. Sod Argentinas opinion of them.

Where an attack on a South American Nation by another, would be an attack on all of them?

Not a difficult concept to embrace.

It's been around for more than half a century and has kept peace on a continent longer than it was ever enjoyed previously.
18 ChrisR (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 04:39 pm Report abuse
You can see now why Uruguay should change the electoral structure. At present the coalitions and self-serving parties rule the roost and this awful, awful, woman is the result.

She will probably be the V.P. and cause so much trouble it will be like war and peace condensed.

NONE of my friends (OK they are all professional or business owners / managers) can stand this argie arse licker. If she loves them that much I am sure TMBOA would welcome her with open arms because none of the people I know will.

You can see how much poor old Pepe is brow-beaten into submission when you look at her comments and compare them with what he spouted about The Dark Country.

She forgets that it was Vasquez that saved Uruguay by talking with America.
19 Stevie (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 07:06 pm Report abuse
The amount of outright stupidity in the comments above is just... flabbergasting...
Argentina invading Uruguay???
But are you lot insane?
I thought Vazquez was a bit lunatic in his attempt to crawl up an already crowded arse, but you lot must be having an online RPG going on, for this is insane....
20 reality check (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 07:18 pm Report abuse
What is insane, that you never ever do anyhthing without considering what Argentina might do in response or that you consistently appear to defer to cowtow to your neighbours, before even considering what day you put your bins out for collection.

You have lived under the shadow of them for do long, you do not even realise how subservient you have become to them.

Call it day and ask them to make you a province.
21 Stevie (#) Aug 29th, 2013 - 07:38 pm Report abuse
Look mate, the majority of the electorate in Uruguay are Frente Amplistas.
The majority of the electorate in Argentina are Kirchneristas.

Frente Amplistas tend to agree with Kirchneristas.

There you have it, in a setup even you can grasp...
22 Don Alberto (#) Aug 30th, 2013 - 07:37 am Report abuse
Poor uruguayos who have to suffer a Topolansky.
23 Simon68 (#) Aug 30th, 2013 - 09:35 am Report abuse
21 Stevie (#)
Aug 29th, 2013 - 07:38 pm

“... The majority of the electorate in Argentina are Kirchneristas...”

Wrong, the results of the recent PASO shows clearly that 75% of the electorate voted AGAINST the kirchnerist plague!!!!!!!!!
24 Conqueror (#) Aug 30th, 2013 - 10:46 am Report abuse
@21 Funny child! Shall we take the 2009 parliamentary elections? They show that the FA (what might that mean) got 47.49% of the vote. Not exactly the “majority of the electorate” is it? 48.31% of the electorate voted otherwise. Tell us, Stevie, why do you have to lie? A few minutes research and we can tell that you lie. Are you a congenital liar? Or a wannabe juvenile prat? You should think about this. The next administration just might declare Mujica a traitor for his subservience to argieland. His “followers” may finish up in “institutions”. Courts, prisons, mental institutions. Any preference? Personally, I think you're a psycho. As a treatment, I'd recommend lashing you with a cat 'o' nine tails for 2 hours every day for 2 years. Followed by a salt wallow.
25 redp0ll (#) Aug 30th, 2013 - 02:03 pm Report abuse
Pepe has been hailed as the poorest president in the world as he gives away much of his salary to good causes. He is married to Lucia Topolansky who draws her salary as a senator which isnt buttons. Anyone know how much she gives away? Very nice to give the impression of a man of the plough, a modern Cinnicnatus if you are sitting on a nice income
Perhaps as a wife she should make sure that Pepe is properly dressed and not as a beachcomber who was denied entry to the ceremony of the presidential installational in Paraguay

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