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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere: Free Trade; Sao Paulo

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WESTERN HEMISPHERE: FREE TRADE; SAO PAULO


Uruguay's dissatisfaction

Editorial in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (9/13) says: "In a
document sent to congressmen last week, defending the accord with
the United States, the Uruguayan government argued that...while the
Mercosul skids, Uruguay needs to seek access to other markets in
order to grow and to increase its exports. There are reasons for the
complaint.... The two main partners of the bloc, Brazil and
Argentina, ignore Uruguay's problems and create even more
[difficulties].... If the acoord intended by [Tabar] Vazquez is a
free-trade one...Uruguay's presence in the Mercosul as a full-member
will be compromised.... Diplomats [from Brazil and Argentina]...say
a restricted accord is acceptable.... The problem is convincing
Washington to accept such an accord.... Another problem is the
deadline to finish this accord.... The accord intended by Tabar
Vazquez exposes the fragility of the Mercosul and the disdain with
which the two main partners have been treating the others."
McMullen

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