Uruguayan pulp and paper complex faces legal battle and diplomatic pressures

(IPS, Santiago, 11 March 2006) As tensions between the governments of Argentina and Uruguay over two pulp mills on a river dividing the countries appear to be abating, local residents and activists continue to demand a halt to both projects. The Argentinian Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) is submitting a Specific Instance against Finnish ECA Finnvera plc for breaching OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises with respect to the project. Despite the Argentina / Uruguay 90 day moratorium for an environmental review (see the IPS story linked above), Spanish ECA CESCE on 7 March 2006 published a 30 day ex-ante notice of it's intent to possibly support the project.