Argentine, Uruguayan presidents' meeting plays down pulp mill dispute

13:14, April 06, 2010      

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Uruguayan President Jose Mujica on Monday paid an unexpected visit to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez here, but the two did not delve into the ongoing dispute over the construction of a pulp mill in the border region.

Argentina and Uruguay are at odds over the building of the Botnia mill on the Uruguayan side of the Uruguay, a common river.

Argentina argues the project is pollutive, and has demanded compensation.

The case is now being investigated by the International Justice Court of Hague. A binding decision is to be delivered on April 20.

Local media reported that although both sides touched upon the Botnia issue during the meeting, no concrete conclusion was drawn.

"It is not necessary to talk about Hague. We have to wait for it to be solved," Fernandez said.

According to Argentina's cabinet chief, Anibal Fernandez, the two presidents also discussed the gas purchase from Bolivia and the dredging of the Uruguay River.

Mujica arrived in Buenos Aires in a helicopter without announcing the visit in advance.



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