On January 23, 2007, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) denied a request by Uruguay to force Argentina to put a stop to protestors blocking major roads and bridges between the two nations in an effort to halt Uruguay's construction of two paper mills along the river that separates the states. The court, voting 14-1, ruled that the blockades have not caused an "imminent risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights of Uruguay." Uruguay, however, says its tourism and trade industries will suffer drastically if the blockades remain in place.
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