23 January 2007 – Pulp mill dispute

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Uruguay has suffered a defeat in its dispute with Argentina: Montevideo’s request for the indication of a provisional measure to end the interruption of transit across the border between the two nations was denied by the International Court of Justice. According to the president of the Court, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, the roadblocks do not pose the risk of causing irreparable damage. As a result, the ongoing conflict sparked more than a year ago by plans for the construction of a pulp mill remains unresolved. The border blockades set up by protestors have particularly affected the tourism sector in Uruguay. In the first two weeks of the new year, 20% fewer tourists from Argentina arrived in the country than during the same period the previous year, according to the Ministry of Tourism.