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Mujica questions Argentine trade policies towards Mercosur that “take us back to the sixties”

Friday, November 29th 2013 - 07:44 UTC
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“It looks as if Mercosur does not make sense any longer” admitted the Uruguayan president “It looks as if Mercosur does not make sense any longer” admitted the Uruguayan president

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica again questioned Argentine president Cristina Fernandez administration trade policies which he said take us back 'to the sixties, when everybody locked in', and in effect deny Mercosur and harm other members.

 “Argentina has a development model, but from the sixties. They have a right to have a model but this one does not solve problems it makes them worse”, said Mujica in an interview with Zero Hora, the most influential newspaper from the south of Brazil.

“I could understand this policy if it involved the whole of Mercosur, but closing in to Mercosur members it looks as if Mercosur does not make sense any longer”, pointed out the Uruguayan leader in reference to all the obstacles imposed by Argentina to bilateral trade, including ports.

Mujica said that despite the fact that Uruguay and Argentina are partners and members of Mercosur, there is no margin for a member to intervene in decisions that belong to the autonomy of a government.

Argentina and Uruguay again clashed over the UPM pulp mill on the shared River Uruguay when Mujica authorized the plant to increase annual production by 200.000 tons subject to further environmental safeguards. The measure made Argentina furious which demanded a roll back and threatened with taking the dispute again to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Since Uruguay did not yield, Argentina started to implement trade and maritime traffic obstacles. But in contrast with Argentina, Brazil protects the bilateral relation with Uruguay, and is most helpful, said Mujica.

“One of the things that history has always taught us from the time of the colony is that Buenos Aires interests are closely linked, politically and economically with the port of Buenos Aires, and they have always had a clear confrontation attitude towards the port of Montevideo” underlined Mujica.

He added that “it's an ongoing struggle that in times of globalization and when the world is creating blocks even over traditional countries, it's a history we should be able to overcome with intelligence”.

Finally “we do not share the vision that a country to defend its people's legitimate rights has to affect other Mercosur members; we should look for joint solutions, for integration solutions”.

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  • Anglotino

    “it looks as if Mercosur does not make sense any longer”

    Uruguay is only NOW waking up to the fact that Argentina is NOT a team player!

    You don't hear the Pacific Alliance members bitch and moan about each other this much.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 08:05 am 0
  • Troneas

    @1. but we do hear the EU members bitch and moan about each other that much. doesn't cameron bitch and moan about EU immigration laws, human rights, the euro, and a range of other policies from brussels? doesn't cameron contemplate leaving the EU for good? so much for being a “team player”..

    as for mujica's delusion that uruguay will ever have margin “to intervene in decisions that belong to the autonomy of argentina.” that will never happen. its like malta telling france what to do.

    uruguay benefits a lot from argentina - tourism being the obvious factor but there are many other areas in which they take advantage of argentina.

    uruguay, on the other hand, has very little to offer argentina in economic terms. they do not produce anything argentina doesn't and needs. they are, for all intents and purposes, the 24th renegade province of argentina.

    it is in their interest to be a team player and stop flirting with the pirates that operate in malvinas to cash in a few extra bucks.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 01:27 pm 0
  • bushpilot

    Maybe it would be best for Uruguay to start teaching Portuguese to their children.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 01:40 pm 0
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