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Mujica to address UN assembly on 28 September; meeting with several Latam presidents

Wednesday, September 18th 2013 - 01:47 UTC
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The Uruguayan president is expected to talk about some of the latest legislation introduced by Uruguay The Uruguayan president is expected to talk about some of the latest legislation introduced by Uruguay

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica will be attending the UN 68th General Assembly on the last week of September in New York, where he is scheduled to meet with several of his Latinamerica peers and the Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon.

Mujica is expected to address the General Assembly on 28 September. He will hold talks with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos regarding the peace process with the rebel Marxist group FARC and with Guatemala’s Otto Perez, a strong supporter of legalizing drugs following on the example set by the Uruguayan leader initiative.

The Uruguayan president is also scheduled to hold a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon. Uruguay is one the main contributors per capita to UN peace forces missions. Mujica most probably will also meet Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez since they have a long agenda of pending issues and New York far away from local media is a good place to talk. The latest issue refers to a request from the Finnish UPM pulp plant to expand its annual production from 1.1 to 1.3 million tons.

The first reaction of the Argentine government has been to reject the initiative, but at the same time unofficially has said nothing will be addressed until after the mid-term October election. UPM is built on a shared and jointly managed river thus the consultation process with Argentina.

No meeting is anticipated with US president Barack Obama but Mujica will be returning to the US, more precisely to Washington some time in November, to meet Obama at the White House. “Thus any bilateral meeting with the US president on the sidelines of the UN assembly has been discarded” said US ambassador in Montevideo, Julissa Reynoso.

Executive Deputy Secretary Diego Canepa who is also travelling in the presidential delegation will hold a raft of meetings regarding development issues since Uruguay during the last five years was member of a group instructed to reform the different systems and at the same time act as a test country.

Canepa said that at the last UN General Assembly it was agreed to continue with the reform process and the leading group was increased to 32, including Uruguay. The Uruguayan official is also scheduled to address with UN authorities issues related to organized crime and drug trafficking, and will later meet with staff from New York mayor offices, since the city supports Uruguay’s position in the international court case on smoking ban ads with tobacco corporations.

Categories: Politics, Latin America, Uruguay.

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  • ChrisR

    Will the old, dishevelled commie manage to transform himself into a correctly dressed statesman? Will he be able to tread the boards of the UN stage and talk in meaningful prose or the homely gibberish that only he seems to understand?


    He WILL of course join the elite, together with the Cowpat, the coca expert, of being a statesman in the drug dealing mob, all perfectly legal now in Uruguay.

    AND he will still be able to lick the arse of TMBOA after her day in the shopping malls. OH, I forgot, the stores bring the tasteless tat that she wears over to her apartment, even better.

    Roll on Vasquez, La Tronca may have pegged it by then.

    Sep 18th, 2013 - 11:51 am 0
  • Conqueror

    Mujica was, infamously, a member of the Tupamaros armed terrorists. Learning from his experience, he has been a coward ever since. Being a farmer, this is “natural”. His wife cultivates chrysanthemums on their farm. Although it's difficult to see how a senator and President can make a living out of such an occupation. How much is argieland paying? Shall we wait to see what he reads out? Then we can figure out who wrote it?

    Sep 18th, 2013 - 12:26 pm 0
  • Stevie

    Not terrorists conq, only in the USA the Tupamaros are considered terrorists.
    Nowhere in Europe.
    I know quite a few Tupas living in England...


    Sep 18th, 2013 - 01:15 pm 0
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