Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, September 20th 2016 - 09:53 UTC

Brazil and Uruguay agree on a Mercosur with “a greater open integration”

“The meeting was positive and we agreed with president Temer that Uruguay will continue as coordinator of Mercosur trade talks with the EU” Vazquez was quoted

President Tabare Vazquez confirmed on Monday that Uruguay will continue as “coordinator” of discussions between Mercosur and the European Union to reach a wide ranging trade agreement.

Tuesday, September 20th 2016 - 04:55 UTC

British MPs in Uruguay for the EuroLat American Assembly plenary session

British MPs meet with Uruguay´s president of the Lower House, Gerardo Amarilla at the Palacio Legislativo

A delegation of British MPs are visiting Uruguay to attend the ninth plenary session of the Euro-Lat American Assembly which is taking place this week at the country´s Parliament house. The group includes Nigel Evans, Mark Menzies and Graham Stuart from the ruling Conservative party and Lindsay Hoyle and Lord Howarth of Newport from opposition Labour.

Friday, September 16th 2016 - 08:25 UTC

Argentina (and Brazil) optimistic about a Mercosur/EU trade accord by the end of 2017

“It's an opportunity for Mercosur since none of the founding members is going to allow political problems to interfere with trade policy” said minister Braun

The current critical situation of Mercosur is an opportunity to strengthen and advance trade negotiations, which could include the long delayed accord with the European Union by the end of 2017, according to Argentina's Secretary of Commerce, Miguel Braun.

Thursday, September 15th 2016 - 10:40 UTC

Uruguay admits “consensus support” to remove Venezuela from Mercosur rotating chair

 “If Uruguay had opposed the declaration, Mercosur would have been in full paralysis” argued Cancela regarding the Mercosur consensus statement

Uruguay's deputy foreign minister Jose Luis Cancela said that if Uruguay had not complied with the other Mercosur three founding members' joint declaration ignoring Venezuela's presidency and demanding it complies with the group's legislation and treaties, “Mercosur would have been launched into a period of full paralysis”.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 21:02 UTC

Falklands mine clearance project receives a new £20m UK commitment

MLA Mike Poole said UK commitment's to clear the Islands of mines is ”a welcome move and we remain willing to assist practically and logistically where we can.”

The Falkland Islands Government, FIG, and Falkland Islanders have welcomed the announcement of a new £20m landmine clearance commitment by the UK which will make safe dozens of areas which have been unusable for residents and visitors. The project financed by the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defense will clear 46 minefields over the next two years and prepare for clearance another 27. So far more than 30 minefields have been cleared in the Falklands in recent years and this is in line with the UK obligations under the Ottawa Treaty.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 18:35 UTC

Falklands welcomes UK/Argentina future cooperation agreement, which leaves sovereignty discussions out

FIG will be represented at any future discussions on the above matters. Sovereignty of the Falkland Islands will not be part of these discussions.

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) welcomed the UK/Argentina future cooperation agreement to remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and development of the Falkland Islands and points out it will be represented at future discussions on these matters, the removal of sanctions on hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism, and underlines that “sovereignty of the Falkland Islands will not be part of these discussions”.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 19:51 UTC

Macri announces top level meeting with UK to address ''all issues'', next week in New York

“We're planning a meeting in New York during the UN sessions. We're going to establish a round of conversations talking about all issues”, Macri was quoted

Argentine president Mauricio Macri described as a “gesture” the attendance of Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan at the Business and Investment forum in Buenos Aires, and anticipated that UK and Argentina are preparing a bilateral meeting next week in New York on the sidelines of the annual UN general assembly to address all issues including Falklands/Malvinas.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 10:44 UTC

First OAS Electoral Observation Mission to the US next November 8

Laura Chinchilla, the first woman president of Costa Rica, held office from 2010 to 2014. In 2015 she headed the OAS mission to Mexican federal elections.

The former president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will head the first Electoral Observation Mission that the OAS will deploy to the United States and that will observe the upcoming November 8 elections.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 10:17 UTC

More than 230 cruise ships will pass through the Panama Canal this 2016/17 season

Cruise ship Coral Princess is slated to transit the Panama Canal on a voyage from Los Angeles, to the U.S. East Coast on October 4, 2016

Cruise ship Coral Princess is slated to transit the Panama Canal on a voyage from Los Angeles, Calif., to the U.S. East Coast on October 4, 2016, officially kicking off the canal’s 2016-2017 cruise season, which according to the Panama Canal Authority will see more than 230 cruise ships pass through the Panama Canal.

Monday, September 12th 2016 - 10:19 UTC

Guyana working to establish an onshore oil and gas facility to boost the incipient industry

 Guyana said that as industry continues to evolve, “early plans must be put in place to harness synergies and benefits that will arise” said minister Raphael Trotman

The Guyana government intends to establish an onshore oil and gas facility in the country as it seeks to fully optimize opportunities in petroleum exploration and production. The Ministry of Natural Resources, working in conjunction with the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Business, says it believes that this facility is critical and said it is part of the raft of measures intended to ensure that Guyana keeps on the right trajectory in the development of the oil and gas industry.

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