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Intl. Court of Justice rules against Argentina's environmental concerns, saying Uruguay pulp mills construction can continue

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13 July 2006

Court allows Uruguay pulp mills

Author: BBC

The International Court of Justice has ruled that Uruguay can continue building two pulp mills which Argentina argues will pose a pollution threat. The court ruled that the construction of the mills [by Botnia & Ence] posed no serious threat to the environment, [which] means construction can proceed while they consider the overall case for or against the mills...Argentina says the mills could pollute their border river but Uruguay says they will generate jobs and be under strict environmental control...The Argentine government wanted construction stopped to allow further environmental studies to be conducted...There have been mass protests in Argentina against the mills...Now the ICJ...will move on to study the substance of Argentina's complain, which could take several years.

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Author: BBC Mundo

La Corte Internacional de Justicia de La Haya emitió este jueves su fallo sobre la construcción de dos papeleras en Uruguay, diciendo que ese país no tiene que suspender la edificación de las fábricas, tal como lo reclamaba su vecino argentino...Argentina acudió al tribunal alegando que Uruguay violó los tratados bilaterales al autorizar la construcción de dos plantas de celulosa en la rivera de un río fronterizo...El gobierno de Tabaré Vázquez ha mantenido que las firmas encargadas del proyecto, la española Ence y la finlandesa Botnia, aplican estrictas medidas de protección del entorno.

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13 July 2006

Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay)- The Court finds that the circumstances, as they now present themselves to it, are not such as to require the exercise of its power to indicate provisional measures

Author: International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today gave its decision on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Argentina in the case concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay...In its Order, the Court finds, by 14 votes to 1, that “the circumstances, as they now present themselves...are not such as to require the exercise of its power under Article 41 of the Statute to indicate provisional measures”...The Court observes...that there is “nothing in the record to demonstrate that the very decision by Uruguay to authorize the construction of the mills [by Botnia & Ence] poses an imminent threat of irreparable damage to the aquatic environment of the River Uruguay or to the economic and social interests of the riparian inhabitants on the Argentine side of the river”...The Court cites earlier decisions in which it stressed the great significance it attaches to respect for the environment.

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Author: Cour internationale de Justice

La Cour internationale de Justice (CIJ), organe judiciaire principal des Nations Unies, a rendu aujourd’hui sa décision sur la demande en indication de mesures conservatoires présentée par l’Argentine en l’affaire relative à des Usines de pâte à papier sur le fleuve Uruguay (Argentine c. Uruguay). Dans son ordonnance, la Cour dit, par quatorze voix contre une, que «les circonstances, telles qu’elles se présentent actuellement à la Cour, ne sont pas de nature à exiger l’exercice de son pouvoir d’indiquer des mesures conservatoires en vertu de l’article 41 du Statut»...La Cour constate toutefois que le dossier de l’affaire ne contient «aucun élément démontrant que la décision de l’Uruguay d’autoriser la construction des usines créerait un risque imminent de préjudice irréparable pour le milieu aquatique du fleuve Uruguay ou pour les intérêts économiques et sociaux des populations riveraines établies du côté argentin du fleuve».

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