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Le Hague.- U.N. International Court rules diplomatically favouring both Argentina and Uruguay.

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A controversial pulp mill in Uruguay can continue to operate, the world court ruled on Tuesday, rejecting Argentine claims that the plant pollutes a river between the two countries, a report from Reuters said today.

The pulp mill has soured relations between old friends Argentina and Uruguay and since 2006 protesters have blocked a border bridge for three years trying to get it shut down even though international studies showed it is not polluting the river. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled Uruguay breached a 1975 treaty by failing to negotiate with Argentina over the plant, but said it would not be appropriate remedy to make Uruguay pay damages or dismantle the operation.

The court was called on to decide whether Uruguay breached the treaty, which says both countries must consult and agree on all issues regarding the water of the Uruguay River.

Diplomats on both side of the river applauded it, saying the court’s decision would heal relations between the two countries.

“I believe this is going to really improve bilateral relations. It’s going to make us work together again, to start cooperating again about the Uruguay River and comply with everything in the statute,” Susana Ruiz Cerutti, legal advisor for Argentina’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters. READ MORE HERE

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