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Uruguay became prisoner of Argentina, when it rejected a free trade accord with the US

Monday, April 16th 2012 - 06:02 UTC
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Uruguay has fallen prisoner of Mercosur and Argentina because it did not sign the free trade agreement with the United States which was offered to the country in the previous government of Tabare Vazquez, said two-times President Julio Maria Sanguinetti. Read full article


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  • Bubba

    Cut off your nose and crap like this happens..

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    ..... and now Uruguay must sink, along with Argentina.

    But perhaps they might break away from Mercosur, and do the deal now ..... better late than never.

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 02:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    What a classic tit.

    .. oh well, about time to go back to USA on bended knee.

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rylang23

    ”Beware of Greeks (or the US Government) bearing gifts“. It never works out how you imagined it. Tribute is expected. The previous comments here seem to not understand the long history of ”sweet trade deals“ with the US. Next there will be ”small, inconsequential“ US military bases on the frontier with Brazil, and Monsanto will be taking over the Ministry of Agriculture.

    Maybe Uruguay is being appropriately ”careful”.

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    ry #4
    From what you imply, nobody should do business with firms with a US interest.
    Are they really so much worse than those elsewhere around the world, or are they just bigger with higher turnovers?

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 08:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ernie4001

    Uruguay must turn to the Pacific. Has been a lot of time wasted and I wonder how an intelligent country can bet to the past.

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 08:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rylang23

    Geoff... I am referring to the unstated goals of US empire, and the unexpected demands that have always been placed on countries who want the promised trade. US corporations always win. That cannot be said for the trading “partner”.

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 10:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    ry #7
    I see a HUGE re-orientation of trading partners across most of South America.

    China has made a massive re-evaluation in the US of the power-relationships brought about by asymmetric trade.

    Chevron realises this wrt its oil contracts in Brasil.

    Goals are one thing - reality is something else.

    Apr 17th, 2012 - 11:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #4 Well put. The title of this article, even if a direct quote from a right wing ex-President, is ridiculous, as Uruguay would have been even more of a “prisoner” if it accepted the deal, just a prisoner of America.

    #3 “about time to go back to USA on bended knee”

    Thanks for the honesty, but don't think its going to happen =)

    Apr 17th, 2012 - 11:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    Uruguay put distance between yourself and Argentina you will
    appreciate it in the future.......

    Apr 18th, 2012 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    @9 - It's hardly fair to call Sanguinetti right wing. He has always been a believer and practitioner of democracy, and his civic rights were suspended during the dictatorship. Have you ever spoken out against a dictatorship, knowing the midnight knock on the door will come?
    @10 - I wish we could. But Argentine is 200 yards away, across the Uruguay river. We have no choice but to be their neighbours. Hopefully, we'll develop alternative markets and learn to rely less and less on them for our exports and tourist trade.

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 05:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #11 Thankfully as a Brit I've never had to; if I was a British Muslim though I might have been more scared of the state ever since Blair's authoritairian premiership. No I understand this President was a democrat but that doesn't mean I have to accept his economics; Menem also was brutally represssed by the junta in the 70s and I can admire him for surviving that, but it doesn't mean he was right to, say, privatise the oil...

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 10:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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