Ambassador to Uruguay Martin J. Silverstein visited the
city of Melo on May 20, 2005, to meet with local government
and representatives from various organizations. The purpose
of the visit was to learn more about the issues concerning the
region, and to explore areas of mutual interest in which
the U.S. Embassy could be of assistance. Melo is the capital city of Cerro Largo,
a province (departamento) located in Uruguay's northeastern region.
Cerro Largo, Uruguay
Ambassador Silverstein, accompanied by his
son Douglas Silverstein, and U.S. Embassy representatives,
met with Cerro Largo's governor Intendente Juan Carlos Mendez
and discussed issues concerning the economic situation of
the province and possible U.S. investment for this region.
After meeting with Intendente Mendez, Ambassador
Silverstein visited the governing council (Junta Departamental)
and met with the council's president Jorge Ottonelli.
Douglas Silverstein gave a press conference in which he spoke about the Embassy's drawing and essay contest for public school students commemorating this year's 4th of July celebration.
He also talked with a group of young Uruguayans about life in the United States.
Ambassador Silverstein's schedule included
a meeting with Cerro Largo's chief of police Insp. Santiago
Bitabarez, and a visit to the local Binational Center (BNC)
Alianza Cultural where he addressed a group of students
in a lively session, speaking about his role in Uruguay
and encouraging the students to learn English as a second
language. The ambassador later visited Frigorifico Pul,
a meat processing plant currently exporting uruguayan beef
to the United States.
Vice Consul David Foran, who accompanied
the delegation, met with several American citizens in the
area and answered their questions.
The visit to Cerro Largo ended with a tour
of the cavalry brigade Brigada de Caballeria No. 2, were
Ambassador Silverstein discussed military issues with the
commander, Col. Pedro Aguerre.
Cerro Largo's governor Intendente Juan C. Mendez and Ambassador Silverstein in press conference. (+
Intendente Mendez and Jorge Ottonelli,
president of Cerro Largo's governing council, with
Ambassador Silverstein. (+
Douglas Silverstein speaking to the media about the Embassy's 4th of July Drawing Contest. (+
Ambassador Silverstein and his son Douglas with police chief Insp. Santiago Bitabarez. (+
Ambassador Silverstein with Pul's director Patricio
Silvera, vice Consul David Foran and a plant administrator.
Ambassador Silverstein with Col. Pedro Aguerre, commander of the Brigada de Caballeria No.3 (+
With teachers and staff of the Cerro
Largo BNC Alianza Cultural. (+