The capital city governments of most South American countries are in the hands of a party contrary to the government at national level.
Four of Latin America's main leaders agreed to grant the US sponsored Free Trade Association of the Americas, FTAA, a greater thrust. However they also pointed out that this must be done with flexibility so as to benefit the weakest and poorest nations.
The CEO of the Inter-American Development Bank, Enrique Iglesias praised Argentina for its efforts to overcome the economic crisis and the fact that it's achieving it with its own means.
In an attempt to highlight peace efforts for the Middle East four Israelis and four Palestinians will be sailing January first for an Antarctic cruise in a twenty meters vessel, an operation that has been symbolically labelled breaking the ice.
Miami security forces have engineered a tight security system to protect the city's reputation as the bridge of the Americas and prevent street protests from disrupting the Free Trade Association of the Americas, FTAA, negotiations scheduled for November 20/21 that are expected to concentrate hundreds of delegates from 34 countries and thousands of protestors.
Argentina bans hake and angel-shark ; Research reveals extent of Jack-mackerel crisis; Chilean fishmeal exports expand 6.9%; Controversy with organic fungicide for salmon; Galician seafood guaranteed safe to eat; Patagonian toothfish protection area modified.
Uruguayan and Mexican presidents Jorge Batlle and Vicente Fox signed this Saturday in Bolivia a free trade agreement, the first bilateral accord Mexico reaches with a Mercosur member country.
The XIII Ibero-american summit meeting in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia agreed the creation of a permanent Secretariat (with a nominated chairman) that will act as an executive branch and have its office in Spain.
Argentina is conditioning the authorization of charter flights to the Falklands during the first quarter of 2004 to the beginning of a round of talks next March for the establishment of a direct commercial flight between Argentina and the Islands.
The Argentine government has refused to sign an agreement between 24 countries to fight poaching in Antarctic waters, due to be implemented in 2004, since it considers it a 'threat against national sovereignty,' reports El Cronista.