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Argentina - Uruguay: Joint communiqué issued at the meeting of foreign ministers

04 May 2018
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Today, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie met with the Foreign Minister of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, and his delegation at the Palacio San Martín. The Ministers held a working meeting at which they addressed the most important issues on the bilateral agenda.

In this context, they underscored the strong, close bilateral relationship between both countries, which has been reinforced and diversified in the recent years as a result of mutual cooperation between Argentina and Uruguay in various fields.

They reviewed the work of bi-national commissions concerning the River Plate and the River Uruguay. As regards the River Plate, the Ministers welcomed the beginning of the dredging, deepening and maintenance works in the Martín García channel, which will lead to an increase in river traffic and thus help reduce freight costs.

The Foreign Ministers instructed the Administrative Commission of the River Plate to adopt any necessary measures to step up the topography, bathymetry and aerial photography works aimed at making progress on the definition of the limits between the Martín García and Timoteo Dominguez islands, in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty on the River Plate and its Maritime Boundary.  The Commission will report on the progress of the works in order for the Foreign Ministers to follow up on them.

As regards the River Uruguay, 28 February marked the beginning of the dredging works and the placement of buoys along the River -expected to be finished by October this year- which will facilitate and increase the export capacity of regional economies.

The Ministers also received information on the progress made by the Administrative Commission of the River Uruguay (CARU) concerning the establishment of a bi-national environmental laboratory and addressed the importance of monitoring the shared section of the River Uruguay with a view to assessing its water quality, biota and sediments.

They agreed that their respective technical bodies should start analyzing the definition of the maritime lateral boundary between Argentina and Uruguay on the continental shelf beyond the 200-nautical-mile limit, in accordance with the provisions of section 70 of the 1973 Treaty on the River Plate and its Maritime Boundary.

They agreed that it is necessary for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay to conclude the negotiation of an Agreement to fight against drug trafficking in the Paraguay-Parana Waterway as soon as possible.

They also agreed on the need to make progress on the full implementation of the internal regulations of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Paraguay-Parana Waterway.

They further agreed on the importance of negotiations at both bilateral and MERCOSUR levels with a view to promoting the flow of goods and services, removing existing barriers and fostering new trade and investment projects. In that vein, they underscored the agreed solution for facilitating trade in poultry.

The Ministers also agreed to convene the Bilateral Committee on Trade Affairs in the second half of this year so that it will to resume negotiations on the facilitation of bilateral trade and the resolution of potential difficulties in the access of goods to the markets of both countries.

They decided to hold a video conference in June to prepare the Meeting for Consular Consultation, to be held in Buenos Aires during the second half of this year, within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Consular Cooperation.  In addition, they agreed to hold talks within such framework, with a view to reaching an agreement on Permanent Residence so as to facilitate the free movement of people.

The Ministers reiterated their commitment to working jointly in order to conclude a bilateral agreement to provide urgency and emergency health care services to non-resident citizens of each country while in the territory of the other country.  For that purpose, they agreed to jointly enter into negotiations with their respective Ministries of Health.

They underscored the progress made on the bilateral agenda regarding security matters and the close cooperation between the competent authorities in each country. In that vein, they pledged to strengthen information exchange mechanisms in the fight against organized crime and agreed to make any effort necessary for the signing of the framework agreement on Cooperation in the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Control of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, and Drug Precursor Diversion, which is currently under negotiation.

The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to integration and development in border areas. In this regard, they stressed the importance of continuing to work towards the full operation of the Integrated Border Checkpoints, as well as of the other authorized border crossing points. In relation to improving the operation of the mechanism on Mutual Recognition of competencies concerning migration at Integrated Border Checkpoints, they highlighted the need to strengthen the information exchange agreed on by the migration control authorities of both countries.

They also welcomed the resumption of activities by the Committee for Border Development (CODEFRO) in November and agreed to convene the Committee during the second half of this year, with a view to making progress on bilateral border cooperation.

The Ministers further agreed on the need to increase the presence of migration control officials at border crossing points and to re-establish integrated controls on the basis of Mutual Recognition of Competencies at Jorge Newbery airport (Buenos Aires) and Carrasco airport (Montevideo), especially during holidays, summer season and special situations.

They underscored the importance of carrying out infrastructure works at Integrated Border Checkpoints, especially the refurbishment of the border crossings in Fray Bentos and Paysandú, the building of a cargo area at the Checkpoint in Fray Bentos and the reorganization of the cargo flow in Gualeguaychú.  In addition, they welcomed the progress made on the call for bids for the comprehensive improvement works at the Border Crossing in Concordia, to be carried out by Argentina.

The Ministers reaffirmed their willingness to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation in Antarctica, especially in the fields of science and logistics, through a bilateral memorandum between the Antarctic institutions of both countries to be signed in the near future.   They also welcomed the appointment of Albert Lluberas, from Uruguay, as the Executive Secretary of the Antarctic Treaty, with its headquarters in Buenos Aires, in the framework of the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

They highlighted the significant bilateral cooperation ties and welcomed high degree of implementation of the 2nd Technical Cooperation Programme, which focuses on Environmental Issues, Security and Justice, Agro-industry, Jobs and Employment.  They also agreed on the importance of continuing to work on the revision of ODA graduation criteria and to make progress on a constructive dialogue within the framework of the DAC/OECD, so as to reach consensus regarding the issue of developing countries in transition, and to work jointly on the preparatory process for the 2nd High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, which will mark the fortieth anniversary of BAPA.

Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie thanked Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa for the valuable support of the Uruguayan Government and People for the legitimate sovereignty rights of the Argentine Republic over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas.

Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa thanked his Argentine counterpart for the hospitality he received during his stay in Argentina.


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Press Release No. 183/18