Ambassador Described as Head of TLC Yes Movement
The United States ambassador to Costa Rica, Mark
Langdale, is being described by oppositors to
the Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) - free trade
agreement with the United States, Central
America and the Dominican Republic, as a leader
in the movement in favour of the trade deal.
The diplomat rejected the perception and insists
that the referendum process that will decide the
fate of the trade deal is a process for Costa
Langdale assures that the idea is wrong and is
based on bad interpretation, because he has, at
all times, respected the process surrounding the
TLC, moreso during the referendum which he
described as democratic effort for Costa Rica.
As to the insinuations the opposition over the
TLC has, Langdale assures that is far from
reality, because it is clear that the only Costa
Ricans can participate in the referendum.
Ambassador Langdale added that his only interest
to push ahead progress and prosperity in Costa
Rica, as well as strengthening bilateral
relations between the two countries, especially
in matters of international cooperation, since
having given the first step in forgiving part of
a debt owed by Costa Rica to the U.S. so that it
can be invested in environmental protection.
Langdale made the comments during a swearing in
ceremony of 16 volunteer Peace Corps who will
work in communities located in the Atlantic
region, Heredia, Alajuela and other rural areas
around the country.
The 16 young American women will be in Costa
Rica, away from their families, to develop
initiatives from their various areas of
Ambassador, Mark Langdale, swears in 16
young Peace Corps volunteers, who will
be in Costa Rica for two years.