Uruguay is considering requesting Australia the liberation of the longliner Viarsa 1 and its crew currently detained and waiting trial in Freemantle for allegedly poaching in Australian waters.
Heads of state and government from nineteen Latinamerican countries plus Spain and Portugal will be meeting for two days beginning Friday in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, for the Thirteenth Ibero-american summit that on this occasion will concentrate on social issues.
Mercosur and the European Union agreed to set October 2004 as the deadline for the completion of a free trade accord, following the latest bilateral meeting held this week in Brussels.
Tamar in Chile for repairs; Antarctic air accident: pilot and passenger escape injury; Second flight: press reports incorrect; Cruise ships call in; Mare Harbour fireworks.
The Argentine government said Thursday that on his many trips abroad when he was president from 1989 to 1999, Carlos Menem spent astronomical sums. ”On every trip he made, Menem would spend astronomical amounts.
The Falkland Islands Association has paid tribute to the Royal Air Force for its remarkable operations in helping to liberate the Falklands in 1982 and for its continuing help in the 21 years since, with its radar stations and fighter patrols deterring any prospect of renewed Argentine hostility, its regular direct air link from the United Kingdom via Ascension Island, its air-sea rescue and emergency medical evacuation services to Montevideo and the United Kingdom, and air surveillance of illegal fishing activity.
The new Commander of British Forces in the Falkland Islands (CBFFI) is Air Commodore Richard H Lacey, MA, who takes up the post in December.
Peru announced that next week formal talks for a bilateral free trade agreement will commence in Washington.
Chilean peso eases appreciation; Lawsuit against Lan Chile.
Hungarian born tycoon George Soros and now United States resident made a donation of five million US dollars to a campaign to prevent the re-election of president George Bush in 2004, according to The Washington Post.