IMF urged to help Argentina

ARGENTINA - The South American trade bloc, Mercosur, has appealed to international lenders to do more to help Argentina as it draws up a plan to rescue the economy.

At a summit meeting in Buenos Aires, regional leaders pleaded with organisations such as the International Monetary Fund to understand the complexity of Argentina's problems.

Correspondents say the Mercosur appeal is likely to put pressure on the IMF to speed up arrangements for a bailout package.

Until now, the IMF has told Argen