Uruguay and Argentina seem to be silently working a way out from the controversy over the construction of a pulp mill on shared fluvial waters, which has been escalating for several years overflowing to the international and regional tribunals as well as the facilitating efforts of the Spanish Crown.
Central American airline TACA announced this week the expansion of operations with two new routes linking Peru and Uruguay and San Salvador with the California city of Oakland. The flights will be officially inaugurated next October and November.
Uruguayan fisheries exports reached 105 million US dollars in the first half of this year, which represents a 13% increase over the same period a year ago according to Daniel Montiel, head of the Uruguay's Aquatic Resources Office, Dinara.
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.