Saturday, December 19th 2009 - 03:57 UTC

Uruguay will retain close relations with Venezuela, “but no ALBA”

Ambassador Luis Almagro, Uruguay’s next Foreign Affairs minister

Uruguay’s next Foreign Affairs minister Ambassador Luis Almagro said that president elect Jose Mujica’s administration will sustain “an important relation” with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez because it is the country’s main supplier of oil and one of ten leading trade partners.

Friday, December 18th 2009 - 12:51 UTC

Ship loaded with Uruguayan livestock lost off Lebanon: 20 crew members rescued

Danny FII left Montevideo November 23 with 10.224 sheep and 17.932 cattle

At least 20 crew members were rescued Thursday night after a cattle transport ship with more than 80 people capsized in waters off the coast of Tripoli when storms battered the eastern Mediterranean according to Lebanese security and United Nations sources.

Friday, December 18th 2009 - 12:01 UTC

President Obama envoy met with Mujica and today visits Paraguay

Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela on a familiarization tour of Mercosur members

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo A. Valenzuela visited Uruguay on Thursday where he met with president elect Jose Mujica and Vice-president Danilo Astori.

Tuesday, December 15th 2009 - 10:58 UTC

US and Brazil agree on road map for Honduras national reconciliation

Marco Aurelio Garcia called for de facto (president) Micheletti to resign

United States and Brazil agree ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya must have safe passage to leave Honduras and want the country's de facto president to step down to pave the way for national reconciliation, a senior Brazilian official said on Monday.

Tuesday, December 15th 2009 - 10:56 UTC

Japan extends grant to Uruguay for solar power development

The announcement was made by Foreign Affairs minister Katsuya Okada office

Japan is extending Uruguay a grant of 8.5 million US dollars to finance a solar power project, according to official Japanese sources. Japan’s Foreign Affairs minister Katsuya Okada and his Uruguayan counterpart Pedro Vaz signed the document Monday.

Saturday, December 12th 2009 - 15:32 UTC

Uruguay tells Stora Enso: no new pulp mills next to Botnia

The huge Botnia plant at the heart of the dispute with Argentina

Uruguayan president elect Jose Mujica said Friday that Finland’s Stora Enso will not be constructing a pulp mill along the border with Argentina close to where another mill, Botnia is already functioning and has led to an ongoing conflict with the neighbouring country.

Saturday, December 12th 2009 - 14:57 UTC

Four Korean fishing vessels burnt and lost in Montevideo in two months

Korean jiggers and trawlers docked in Montevideo

Between forty and fifty Asian crewmembers from two Korean flagged fishing vessels that caught fire Thursday night while docked in Montevideo, are being questioned by Uruguayan judicial authorities.

Thursday, December 10th 2009 - 11:40 UTC

Early next year Petrobras begins oil seismic surveying offshore Uruguay

Jorge Zelada head of Petrobras International Areas Department

Petrobras begins seismic surveying offshore Uruguay in early 2010 and will keep its level of investments in Argentina as part of the Latinamerica expansion policy of the Brazilian government managed oil and gas corporation.

Thursday, December 10th 2009 - 11:36 UTC

Construction of Stora Enso pulp mill in Uruguay is further delayed

Financial Director Markus Rauramo

Finaland’s Stora Enso, Europe’s largest paper and forest products’ company said Wednesday that the decision whether to construct a pulp mill in Uruguay could take “well over a year”.

Wednesday, December 9th 2009 - 08:42 UTC

Cruise visitors in Uruguay this season close to 400.000

Punta del Este has become the main attraction

Uruguay’s Ministry of Tourism forecasts some 400.000 tourists and crew members will be visiting the country during this summer cruise season, which represents a slight increase over the previous year.


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