Hundreds of Argentine environmentalists crossed into Uruguay Sunday to protest a huge wood pulp plant near the border they say will pollute a river that feeds Argentine farms and tourist sites.
To the backdrop of several dozen Argentine protesters in a flotilla of boats and dinghies, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez on Wednesday inaugurated storage facilities and improved docks in a port serving a controversial new pulp mill built in Uruguay by Finnish pulp producer Botnia.
The Illex squid season in the Uruguay/Argentina Common Fisheries Zone, CFZ, ends next August 31st, according to a release from the Maritime Front Joint Technical committee.
Workers of the Botnia pulp mill in Uruguay voted Friday to continue the work stoppage begun Thursday, until next Monday alleging insufficient guarantees. This week several workers were intoxicated with sulphur sodium during trials at the plant, which is in the heart of an international controversy with Argentina.
Uruguay and FAO, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, signed last July an agreement for the implementation of a three years fisheries management project which hopefully will make Uruguay's fishing industry more efficient and with greater technical emphasis.
Patrick Mullee has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Uruguay in succession to Dr Hugh Salvesen, who will be leaving the Diplomatic Service.
Argentine and Uruguayan delegates will be meeting again in a month's time for a third round of negotiations to try to unlock the controversy over the construction of the Botnia pulp mill on the coast of the shared river Uruguay and which Argentina challenges on alleged legal and environmental grounds.
Uruguay currently has a cattle herd of 12 million head with beef becoming the main export commodity of the country, over a billion US dollars last year. Based on this it can be said that Uruguay is the country with the highest number of cattle per capita, 3.8.
Two days of direct dialogue between Uruguayan and Argentine diplomats over the pulp mills dispute is scheduled to begin next Monday in New York under the auspices of the Spanish Crown which is acting as coordinator of the round of talks.
The relocation of the pulp mill under construction in Uruguay, and which Argentina objects on legal and environmental grounds, is impossible said Uruguay's former president Jorge Batlle in an interview with the Buenos Aires press.