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World court rejects Argentina's demand for Uruguayan paper mill owned by UPM to be shut down over pollution

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Author: Luisa Corradini, La Nación [Argentina]

La Argentina obtuvo ayer una victoria moral cuando la Corte de Justicia Internacional (CJI) condenó a Uruguay por "no haber respetado su obligación de informar, negociar y notificar" en el caso [de la empresa] Botnia. Pero no logró satisfacción en ninguna de sus otras reivindicaciones: los jueces no encontraron pruebas suficientes de contaminación ambiental, desestimaron la pretensión argentina de ser indemnizada y se opusieron a un desmantelamiento o deslocalización de la pastera...A juicio de la diplomática [argentina], la conclusión práctica...es que no va a haber más pasteras de Uruguay sobre el río sin consultar a la Argentina. Pero...[l]os jueces desestimaron la pretensión argentina de recibir indemnización por supuestos daños...También hicieron oídos sordos al pedido de relocalizar la planta de UPM (ex Botnia), argumentando la "falta de evidencia" de contaminación del río Uruguay, y se declaró incompetente en cuanto a una eventual contaminación visual y sonora.

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20 April 2010

Pulp mill frays Argentine-Uruguay relations

Author: Jude Webber, Financial Times

The United Nations' highest court rejected Argentina’s claims that the Finnish-owned mill was polluting a jointly-administered river between the two countries, and thus [that it can] continue operating... In a ruling which cannot be appealed, the International Court of Justice on Tuesday found that Argentina had presented insufficient proof of contamination... The court ruled unanimously that Uruguay had violated a joint agreement on the administration of the river...by authorising construction of the $1.2bn pulp mill without consulting Argentina. The mill, built by Botnia..., began operating in November 2007 and is now owned by UPM after an asset swap with Botnia last year... Both countries welcomed the verdict... Romina Piccolotti, a former Argentine environmental secretary, said Gualeguaychú’s protest would continue. “This court won’t end the fight by a whole town,” she said.

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