The foreign ministers of Uruguay and Argentina continued with the analysis of various issues on the bilateral agenda
It was a very positive meeting where Ministers Timerman and Almagro and his team examined the current situation of bilateral agenda, particularly the issues that had been agreed at the ministerial meeting on March 16 in Buenos Aires.
The meeting agreed that progress had been made in most of them which is very encouraging in view of the next meeting of the Presidents of both countries. It has been maintaining the momentum that both governments have been giving to this renewed bilateral agenda, beyond the stage marked by the dispute about the plant UPM (ex Botnia).
In relation to the Uruguay River and the agenda of CARU, the ministers heard a report on the progress made in relation to the dredging of the River Uruguay. At the last meeting of CARU, the Navigation and Works Subcommittee defined a roadmap with the tasks to be performed, including the preparation of the tender for the studies and project development.
At the meeting it was also addressed in a constructive way the issue of the cooling process of industrial effluents in the plant of UPM. Both sides expressed their views and assessed various hypotheses related to the control of effluent discharge and temperature.
The Ministers decided to ask the CARU to instruct the Scientific Committee to consider both the issue of control of effluents and the question of temperature.
As a conclusion, both governments faced in a constructive way this sensitive issue and focused on the common objectives of preventing pollution in the Uruguay River and the quality of its waters.
Montevideo, May 12 th 2011.