Uruguay

Uruguay
Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 05:39 UTC

Mercosur limbo: Uruguay's presidency is over, who will hold the rotating chair ?

Last Wednesday Uruguayan foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa cancelled a meeting of the Common Market Council scheduled for this Saturday

Uruguay made public on Friday a letter sent to Mercosur fellow full members stating the finalization, this Saturday 30 July, of its six-month presidency of the group, which means the rotating chair “should be transferred to Venezuela”. The letter was accompanied by a 32 page report of its six-month as chair of the group, particularly intense because of the trade negotiations with the European Union.

Friday, July 29th 2016 - 13:25 UTC

Uruguay will not fund Turkey ticket for vanished ex Guantanamo inmate who surfaced in Venezuela

Dhiab is one of six former Guantanamo prisoners who were resettled in Uruguay after being released by U.S. authorities in 2014, invited by ex President Jose Mujica

The Uruguayan government announced on Thursday it will not fund the return trip or to Turkey or any third country, of former Guantanamo prisoner, Jihad Ahmad Dhiab who went missing for over a month and this week turned up at the Uruguayan consulate in Caracas, Venezuela.

Thursday, July 28th 2016 - 11:23 UTC

Uruguay will transfer Mercosur chair to Venezuela, despite objections from Brazil and Paraguay

Tabare Vazquez had instructed foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa to comply with the alphabetical order Mercosur presidency transfer as originally planned.

Despite objections from Brazil and Paraguay, Uruguay next Saturday 30 July will transfer to Venezuela the rotating chair of Mercosur for the second half of the year, as indicated in the “group's rules and regulations”.

Monday, July 25th 2016 - 11:20 UTC

Paraguay and Brazil reiterate “Venezuela is a non full member of Mercosur”

“Paraguay is still awaiting a reply from the presentation made for the Mercosur meeting with respect of Venezuela and the Ushuaia Protocol”, said Eladio Loizaga.

Paraguay announced officially that it will not be attending the Common Market Council of Mercosur in Montevideo next 30 July, if the agenda includes the transfer of the group's presidency to Venezuela.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - 06:35 UTC

Rousseff's great mistake was to allow Venezuela into Mercosur, says Brazilian minister

Serra described the policies of ex president Lula and suspended Rousseff as “populist”, distanced from the real international interests of Brazil.

Brazil committed a great mistake on supporting Venezuela to the Mercosur trade agreement back in 2012, and the country must be impeded from taking over the pro-tempore presidency of the group until it complies with all the requisites to be a full member, said Brazil's foreign minister Jose Serra.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Uruguay could compete for another pulp mill, if it develops logistics infrastructure

Another state-of-art pulp mill in Uruguay is possible if the logistics infrastructure is rebuilt to support large scale export-oriented businesses, said Jaakko Sarantola

Finland´s UPM pulp conglomerate which already has a plant in Uruguay announced it will commence discussions with the Uruguayan government on the development of logistics infrastructure for a possible mounting of another mill. Discussions will include railroad and roads, which currently are a critical challenge to establish large scale industrial operation in the Uruguayan inland and to connect it to a deep sea port.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 05:11 UTC

Mercosur asks Venezuela for 'democratic and human rights gestures' before transferring the group's chair

“Let political prisoners free, show a commitment to democratic values and human rights, otherwise there will be no consensus”, Loizaga said in Asunción

Mercosur members are requesting from Venezuela concrete gestures in favor of democracy and human rights if they are to consider the transfer of the group's pro tempore chair from Uruguay to Caracas, pointed out Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga a day after the group was unable to reach a consensus on the issue that has become particularly controversial when not frustrating.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 01:31 UTC

Argentina and Brazil situations take a toll on Uruguay's 2015/16 cruise season

 The season which extended from November 2015 to April 2016, recorded 56 calls in the Punta del Este sea resort and 105 in Montevideo.

The number of vessel calls dropped 6.4% and passengers landed 4.1%, during the last 2015/2016 cruise season compared to 2041/2015, according to the final report from Uruguay's Tourism ministry. The number of passenger and crew landed in Montevideo and Punta del Este reached 319.000 having spent an estimate 11.1 million dollars.

Tuesday, July 12th 2016 - 08:03 UTC

Neighbors Stand Up to Venezuela

“You can be elected democratically but lose legitimacy over time through your actions,” Eladio Loizaga Caballero, the foreign minister of Paraguay said

By New York Times Editorial Board

This summer, Venezuela was poised to assume the rotating presidency of Mercosur, a trade bloc that includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. But at the urging of Paraguay, Mercosur heads of state are considering blocking Venezuela, at least temporarily, citing the erosion of democracy there.

Tuesday, July 12th 2016 - 06:36 UTC

Mercosur ever so divided plans a new meeting to decide on Venezuela´s presidency of the group

Host minister Nin Novoa said that the group would take a two-day recess and meet again next Thursday following consultations

Mercosur four founding members meeting in Montevideo have been unable to reach a consensus on whether to transfer, for the next six months, the group's pro tempore presidency to Venezuela and decided on a new round of talks next Thursday. Uruguay insists in complying with the charter and calendar, but Paraguay and Brazil question the current government of Venezuela's credentials for the job, and Argentina has an ambiguous position.

Advertisement

Get Email News Reports!

Get our news right on your inbox.
Subscribe Now!

Advertisement