Uruguay had an incident with the U.S.
MONTEVIDEO.- After a confusing episode in which an official of the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense would have been delayed and interrogated by U.S. agents in Miami, Uruguay yesterday presented a strong protest with the U.S. government and as a consequence of this incident an important bilateral meeting was suspended by Uruguay´s government, expecting explanations from U.S.A.
Uruguay´s Minister of Defence Luis Rosadilla
The Defense Minister of Uruguay, Luis Rosadilla, which in 2007 had had an incident with the United States when Washington delayed his visa due to his guerrilla past, said that he made the decision to protest and report it to the U.S. embassy, after consultation with the President José Mujica.
The incident occurred when a delegation of four Uruguayan officials traveled to Washington to participate in a course. Entering via Miami, an official of that group was delayed by immigration officers, and the uruguayan officer was interrogated about her personal situation and that of Minister Rosadilla, according to the version of the Uruguayan government.
Rosadilla, like Mujica, are members of the National Liberation Movement-Tupamaros (MLN-T), nowadays a political group that were a guerrilla movement between 1965 and 1973. The MLN-T since 1989 is a member of the ruling Frente Amplio.
After learning of the incident, Rosadilla consulted President Mujica to formalize an official protest. Immediately, Rosadilla decided to cancel his interview with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Frank Mora, who was to be held in Montevideo next June 24th , and sent a protest letter to the U.S. Ambassador in Montevideo, David Nelson.
The Uruguayan government issued a statement in which they argues that the episode is “incomprehensible and contrary to usual practice with the authorities, representatives or state officials.”
Rosadilla stressed that ” U.S. has not the right to interrogate an uruguayan officer” and that “this creates a climate that is unfit to continue” with the bilateral agenda. Meanwhile, the U.S. Ambassador Nelson issued a statement which said the U.S. wants to continue “the frank relationship.”
Despite the apology, Uruguay hopes a formal explanation in the coming hours. The U.S. embassy reported that situation to Washington DC , processed the uruguayan protest and…READ MORE HERE.