The President of Argentina, Maria Peron, and the President of Uruguay, Juan Bordaberry, officially opened a new bridge over the River Uruguay linking their two countries on Wednesday (10 December).
LV The New Bridge viewed from the Uruguay side.
LV Ferry boat waiting at end of pier.
SV AND CU Line of cars going through custom post and boarding ferry boat. (4 shots)
LV Ferry boat leaves for Argentina.
LV New bridge with newsmen walking towards centre.
CU PAN Flag and guard on bridge.
LV ZOOM IN President Bordaberry (centre without glasses) walks forward with other Uruguay officials.
CU President Peron waiting by ribbon on centre of bridge.
SV President Bordaberry arrives at centre of bridge and President Peron and he embrace before cutting ribbon as crowd applaud.(2 shots)
SV Crowd applaud.
SV PAN The two presidents drive to the Uruguay side in open car.
NEW BRIDGE FROM URUGUAY SIDE: FERRY: CARS GO THROUGH CHECKPOINT AND BOARD FERRY: BOAT LEAVES: NEW BRIDGE WITH NEWSMEN WALKING TOWARDS CENTRE: FLAG AND GUARD: PRESIDENT BORDABERRY WITH OTHER OFFICIALS: PRESIDENT PERON ON BRIDGE NEAR RIBBON: PRESIDENT BORDABERRY ARRIVES AND TWO PRESIDENTS EMBRACE, THEY CUT RIBBON TO APPLAUSE OF CROWD: CROWD: TWO PRESIDENTS DRIVE TO URUGUAY SIDE OF BRIDGE.
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Background: The President of Argentina, Maria Peron, and the President of Uruguay, Juan Bordaberry, officially opened a new bridge over the River Uruguay linking their two countries on Wednesday (10 December).
The official opening ceremony took place in the middle of the bridge when the two presidents met, cut a symbolic ribbon and declared the bridge open. They then drove to the Uruguay side of the river where 5000 people waited to hear speeches and traditional Argentinean and Uruguayan songs.
Speaking at the inauguration the two leaders hailed the new bridge as an historic event symbolizing the brotherhood of both nations.
But while the eloquent formal speeches were being read there was much muttering on the Argentine side of the river.
Security guards refused to allow many of the invited guests and the entire party of newsmen - apart from official government photographers and cameramen - any nearer to the ceremony than 1,200 metres (just under a mile). Until the bridge was built people had to cross the river by ferry.
SYNOPSIS: Last Wednesday a bridge linking Colon in Argentina and Paysandu in Uruguay across the River Uruguay was officially opened. The new link marked a new era in travel for the citizens of both countries.
Until the new bridge was built travellers - whether pedestrians or motorists - had to board a ferry and be shunted across the river. To mark the changeover several vehicles used the old method of ferry crossing, demonstrating the vast improvement in transport now available.
Although newsmen had been invited to report the official opening ceremony, when they arrived at the scene they were told by security guards that they wouldn't be able to get any closer to the action than one thousand two hundred metres.
To officially open the bridge the President of Argentina, Maria Peron, met the President of Uruguay, Juan Bordaberry, in the middle of the bridge, where a symbolic ribbon had been draped across.
Both leaders were accompanied by numerous officials from their governments lending a festive mood to an important occasion in Argentine-Uruguay relations. It was a joint venture so both cut the ribbon to mark the bridge open for traffic.
As well as facilitating travel between the neighbouring countries the new bridge, could bring more tourist trade to them both because of the easier access.
President Peron and President Bordaberry travelled by car to the Uruguayan side of the river where about five thousand people heard speeches form both leaders and joined in singing hymns.