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Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 04:01 UTC

White House confirms Uruguay's Mujica will meet President Obama on 12 May

The Uruguayan president will be travelling to Washington on time for the 12 May appointment

The White House confirmed on Monday that President Obama will host his Uruguayan peer Jose Mujica on May 12, highlighting the close partnership with Uruguay and strong leadership of Mujica's administration on human rights, social inclusion and global peace and security.

Monday, April 14th 2014 - 11:41 UTC

Falklands' parade 21 April to celebrate HM Queen's birthday

Falklands' Defense Force marching in Stanley

The Falkland Islands will be celebrating the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Victory Green in Stanley on Monday 21st April 2014. The parade will form up at Victory Green at 10.15 hours and the Acting Governor John Duncan will arrive at 10.30 hours.

Monday, March 31st 2014 - 19:28 UTC

Mercosur expects to exchange tariff-reduction proposals with EU next June

Apparently Cristina Fernandez is now willing to talk about trade with the EU

Mercosur expects to present a joint proposal regarding tariff reductions to the European Union during a meeting next June, according to Brazil's Minister of Development, Trade and Industry, Mauro Borges who apparently convinced a reluctant Argentina to join the group.

Friday, March 28th 2014 - 08:21 UTC

Latam divided on UN Crimea vote; Mercosur, except for Venezuela abstains

“Brazil supports all efforts for a peaceful solution to the crisis and invites the sides to an inclusive dialogue”, said ambassador Patriota

The UN resolution condemning the annexation of Crimea by Russia which was voted on Thursday at the general assembly showed Latin America (and Mercosur) divided on the issue. The non binding resolution sponsored by Costa Rica and the western powers received 100 votes, with 11 against and 58 abstentions.

Monday, March 24th 2014 - 06:47 UTC

EU/Mercosur still in the cold but committed to reach an agreement in coming months

Spokesperson Clancy said negotiators exchanged information and tried to clarify several issues

The European Union and Mercosur held last Friday in Brussels the technical meeting, as was scheduled to assess the state of negotiations for a long delayed and ambitious association and trade agreement, but concluded with no calendar for the exchange of tariff reduction proposals, which is central to the discussions.

Saturday, March 22nd 2014 - 07:31 UTC

Mercosur and EU in another effort to advance in the long delayed trade agreement

Argentina has been dragging its feet, but this week in France President Cristina Fernandez made encouraging statements

Mercosur and European Union chief negotiators met on Friday in Brussels to define if conditions are ready for the exchange of tariffs reductions proposals with the purpose of reaching an ambitious trade agreement which was started back in 1999 and has yet to mature.

Friday, March 21st 2014 - 06:05 UTC

Bolivian senate to vote full incorporation to Mercosur in April

The adhesion protocol was sent to Congress by president Evo Morales last September

The Bolivian Senate is expected to vote next month for the full incorporation of the country to Mercosur, thus complying with some of the last steps to join the group made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Wednesday, March 19th 2014 - 07:07 UTC

Mercosur has been 'a good deal' for Uruguay, 'it could have been better'

Mujica admitted that all the 'added value' of Uruguayan exports is sold in the region

President Jose Mujica said that Mercosur even with all its problems “has been a good deal” although it “could have been better”, and it is imperative that the group signs trade agreements with Europe and China, which has become the main trade partner of the region.

Tuesday, March 18th 2014 - 22:00 UTC

Chile suggests the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur should consider integration

Minister Muñoz, attempting a delicate balance between two groups that have strong differences

Chile's new foreign minister Heraldo Muñoz ratified his country's membership of the Pacific Alliance, a much questioned group by other regional organizations such as the Venezuelan inspired ALBA and even Mercosur led by Brazil, and suggested that Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance could consider integration. Chile is currently an associate member of Mercosur.

Tuesday, March 18th 2014 - 02:24 UTC

Brazil optimistic that Mercosur has reached a joint proposal for trade talks with the EU

Minister Borges was in Buenos Aires where a top level meeting of officials from the two countries was held

Mercosur will present a joint proposal to the European Union for a wide ranging trade agreement between the two blocks later this month, announced Brazil' Minister of Industry Mauro Borges, following a visit to Buenos Aires where he met with Economy minister Axel Kicillof and Industry minister Debora Giorgi.

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