Temperature rises in Southern Cone pulp dispute


Argentina’s dispute with Uruguay over construction of a pair of massive Uruguayan pulp plants has reached a rolling boil, testing relations between the neighboring nations’ center-left governments. Just two months ago, Argentine President Néstor Kirchner and his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabaré Vázquez, met at the inauguration of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and appeared set to revive long-stalled efforts toward a negotiated settlement. But after ensuing talks failed, Argentina this month asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to order a halt to the pulp projects on grounds the huge mills pose cross-border environmental and health risks. The next day, Kirchner led a rally against the projects in Gualeguaychú, an Argentine city located across the Uruguay River from the sites where Finland’s... [Log in to read more]

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