Uruguay requests provisional measures from ICJ 29 Nov 2006
On 29 November, Uruguay submitted a request to the ICJ for the indication of provisional measures in the case concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay

Uruguay RiverOn 29 November 2006, Uruguay submitted a request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the indication of provisional measures in the case concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay). In its request, Uruguay states that organised groups of Argentine citizens have blocked a bridge over the River Uruguay and that, as a result, commercial and tourist travel from Argentina to Uruguay has been shut off. Uruguay contends that the Government of Argentina has not taken action against the blockade, nor that it plans to do so.

Uruguay states that Argentina is aggravating the existing dispute and thus is disregarding an explicit order of the ICJ. In this order of 13 July 2006, both parties to the case were requested to refrain from any actions which will make the resolution of their conflict more difficult.

Uruguay has requested that Argentina: takes all reasonable and appropriate steps to prevent or end the interruption of transit between Uruguay and Argentina; abstains from any measure that might aggravate the settlement of the dispute; and, abstains from any other measure that might prejudice the rights of Uruguay in the dispute. Uruguay has indicated that it prefers this matter to be resolved diplomatically and amicably and that it would withdraw its request if Argentina ends the blockade and prevents any further blockades.

The hearings concerning Uruguay's request will start on 18 December 2006 in the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace in The Hague.

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