MERCOPRESS reports that Uruguayan Foreign Affairs minister Luis Almagro spoke Friday on the phone with Foreign secretary William Hague for the first time since the Falklands flagged vessels controversy, but both sides apparently could only agree that the situation remains stalled according to brief statements
In a brief declaration Almagro said that Uruguay was acting in consequence to its historic position (in support of Argentina's claims) regarding the Islands adding that "admitting the Falklands flag would be to admit British jurisdiction and sovereignty".
He added "we have no problem with vessels of other flags covering the Montevideo-Falklands route". Dialogue was 'frank' because "our personal relation with Mr. Hague is very good."
Likewise the Ministry said there would be no formal statement, "for the moment" since following the phone contact at mid day Montevideo time, "the situation has not changed at all; it was another instance in the diplomatic steps that must be taken."
The British Embassy in Montevideo in a brief communiqué said that the discussion was "cordial and constructive" and "we are hopeful of a satisfactory solution."
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