Stories for 2013

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 21:22 UTC

Uruguay Economy minister resigns over scandal involving flag air carrier Pluna

Fernando Alonso, a brilliant minister, no doubts about his ethical integrity

Uruguay's economy minister Fernando Lorenzo resigned on Saturday in the face of questions over the alleged irregular sale of government-owned airplanes following the closure of Pluna, the country's flag carrier, President Jose Mujica announced at a brief press conference, with no questions taken, next to Vice president Danilo Astori.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 06:50 UTC

IDB loan for Sao Paulo State to improve freight and passenger transport

The 400m dollars will help to fully rehabilitate 570 kilometers of highways

The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo will receive a loan for 480 million dollars from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to improve freight and passenger transport in the state highway system in order to enhance competitiveness and regional and international integration by reducing transport costs and travel time.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 05:56 UTC

Struggle to end with 'shreds of colonialism' (Malvinas) must continue, said Mujica

“Thanks for your example Luis” said the Uruguayan president

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica thanked Senator Luis Rosadilla for the gesture of having volunteered to join Argentine forces back in 1982 when the Malvinas conflict broke out and said the struggle for Latin American territory continues and an end to shreds of colonialism is 'a commitment with a motherland still to be constructed and waiting'.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 05:45 UTC

Falklands' piece published in Uruguay, infuriates Argentine ambassador

“Just a script which seems to have been written on contract from an anachronistic colonial empire”, claims Ambassador Dovena

Argentine ambassador in Montevideo complained to Uruguay's leading newspaper over an article published in a features magazine referred to the Falkland Islands “Wind from the South” which “completely ignores the international community, and Uruguay's, struggle against colonialism”.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 05:41 UTC

Argentina imposes 'voluntary' price agreement on 200 supermarket staples

Kicillof: “it's basically a voluntary price agreement between the national government and the sector's main actors”

Argentina has negotiated a new inflation-fighting attempt: regulating prices of nearly 200 supermarket staples, scheduled to go into effect January 1, the Commerce Department said Friday. The deal was reached with different chambers and pretends to keep prices unchanged for twelve months.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 05:28 UTC

Uruguay/Argentina expected to resume bilateral dialogue at January Mercosur summit

The last time they met was 30 September during the baptism of the catamaran ferry “Francis Pope” in Buenos Aires

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica and his peer from Argentina Cristina Fernandez will be meeting next 17 January on the sidelines of the Mercosur summit scheduled to take place in Caracas, Venezuela. This would be the first time the two leaders meet after over seventy days of interrupted bilateral dialogue, and they have a long list of issues to address if they finally decide to discuss them.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 05:10 UTC

Uruguay Senator receives “Malvinas war honor” from Argentina for volunteering in 1982

Senator Rosadilla

Uruguayan Senator Luis Rosadilla said that he received Argentina's honors for having volunteered when the Malvinas war broke out in 1982, in the name of “all those Uruguayan citizens that have done so much for the anti-imperialism cause”.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 01:59 UTC

Uruguay's ruling coalition ends 2013 with a majority lead in public opinion

President Mujica and pre-candidate Vázquez with no immediate surprises ahead

Uruguay's ruling coalition, Broad Front, is closing 2013 with a strong 44% electoral support, which is higher than all the opposition put together, according to the latest Mori public opinion poll on vote intention and support for the presidential hopefuls

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 00:31 UTC

Argentina creates new Malvinas agency and names former Senator Filmus chief

Filmus 'has been actively involved in the layout of strategies for the peaceful recovery of the Malvinas'

Argentina has created a new government agency under the scope of the Foreign Ministry to address issues related exclusively to the Malvinas Islands, designating former senator Daniel Filmus as its chief. The creation of the secretariat and Filmus’ appointment were published in Friday's edition of the official gazette under decree number 2251/2013.

Friday, December 20th 2013 - 07:08 UTC

“Falklands can count on UK' continued support in countering Argentina's campaign”

PM Cameron Christmas message to the people of the Falkland Islands

Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed Britain's steadfast support for Falkland Islands self determination and development of its resources, outstanding the Falklands referendum as the great event of 2013, a year which he described as 'momentous'.

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