Stories for March 28th 2009
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Saturday asked Prime Minister Gordon Brown for negotiations over sovereignty of the disputed Falkland Islands, a day after he said he would not discuss the issue.
Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and British Primer Minister Gordon Brown are scheduled to hold on Saturday a bilateral meeting in Chile when the Falklands/Malvinas issue will be addressed, on Argentine initiative, but with no surprises or consequences.
British Primer Minister Gordon Brown was left embarrassed Friday when host Chilean Michelle Bachelet inadvertently echoed the Conservatives' attack on his command of the economy.
The impact of the world recession continues to be felt in Argentina with exports plunging 24% in February compared to a year ago, while imports dropped 37%, according to the country’s Statistics and Census Office, Indec.
Although the article from The Economist was published before the Senate vote which advanced Argentine mid term elections from October to June, the context gives a full idea of events and the Kirchner couple attempts to hold on to power, be it at all costs, thus the headline, “Hoping it’s not the exit”, “The Kirchners make a dash for it”.
Paraguay rejected this week Brazil’s proposals regarding the non renegotiation of the Itaipú treaty which regulates energy production from South America’s largest hydroelectric dam shared by the neighbouring countries.
United States Vice President Joe Biden is on a four-day trip to Central and South America for meetings he said represent a new day for partnerships in the Americas.