Thursday, June 16th 2011 - 01:48 UTC

Under pressure Argentina returns seized cargo from US military plane

The US embassy in Buenos Aires announced this week that the Argentine government has finally returned the cargo seized from an American military plane that landed at the Ezeiza airport amidst espionage accusations last February.

Foreign Minister Hector ‘Twitter’ Timerman comes out as the big looser in the incident

“We are pleased to inform that the incident involving the seizing of US property by Argentine authorities has been resolved satisfactorily,” a press release sent by the US State Department read.

The sensitive military material was “returned” after a series of meetings between Customs and the Foreign Ministry officials.

The Embassy explained that the seized cargo was “related to a joint training activity that had been previously planned and approved” by both governments, which had to be seized due to involuntary administrative failures.

“Argentina and the US share similar Customs rules that both countries respect. After a series between Customs and Foreign Ministry officials, and by complying with all Customs regulations and Argentine laws, the seized material was returned,” the statement assured.

The last paragraph in the communiqué reads that the US is committed to “continue working together, in a relationship based on mutual interest and respect, as well as shared values and responsibilities”.

The release according to Argentine diplomatic sources was carefully drafted together with the US embassy trying to avoid that the whole incident could be interpreted as a back step or defeat for the administration of President Cristina Fernandez.

On the US side there was also concern because even President Obama was involved at the time and last March requested Argentina to return the cargo seized and described the incident as “serious”.

Originally Argentina had said there would be no release of the cargo until after the October election. However Ambassador Vilma Martínez given the situation cancelled the July 4th reception in the Buenos Aires legation and Washington begun to block any possible agreement of Argentina with the Paris Club of country creditors.

According to the same sources the understanding was worked out between Argentine and US officials from Customs and Foreign Affaire. Specifically left out was Foreign Affairs minister Hector ‘Twitter’ Timerman who was the Argentine official who most exposed himself when seizing the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo.

The incident had also repeatedly involved the US State Department spokesperson Phillip Crowley and Defence Deputy Secretary for the Hemisphere, Frank Mora.

The embassy justified the cancellation of the July 4th celebration arguing budget cuts and reforms in the US residence in Buenos Aires. Furthermore, according to Argentine diplomatic sources Washington cancelled military links until after the October election and talks on the Visa Waiver program to include Argentina were suspended until further notice.


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1 Redhoyt (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 02:05 am Report abuse
And in return a signature on a meaningless OAS document?
2 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 02:19 am Report abuse
Zzzzzz old news.
Is nice to see that even the hated yanks support our cause and some like Cameron and Rotted are getting jealous.
Get used to it :-))
3 Redhoyt (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 03:46 am Report abuse
You don't read much, do you MoreCrap? Just the headlines. The US State Department's attitude has not changed in decades, and was much the same before 1982. That attitude is to support the notion of 'negotiations', nothing more.

Not much really, is it?
4 GeoffWard (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 10:36 am Report abuse
Hey, the article is about
the series of slaps on the wrist of Argentina,
the capitulation of Argentina, and
the iceing of Timerman by the USA.

It will be a long time before Argentina sees any change from the USA now.

Stupid man, stupid action.
Who suffers? - Argentina.
5 lsolde (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 10:46 am Report abuse
Argentina continually shoots itself in the foot. l think its about time we took over and ran the country for them. Besides l want NicoDim as my gardener!
6 ElaineB (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 11:40 am Report abuse
I too read the article as the Argentine Government taking on the US and realising it takes more than a big ego to achieve success on that front. Slapped wrists indeed.
7 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 01:54 pm Report abuse
Slapped wrists the Brits of course or if you prefer “Obama Slaps Britain in the Face Again”
8 ElaineB (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 01:59 pm Report abuse
What has that to do with this article? And really? Fox news? I thought you were intelligent.
9 Artillero601 (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 02:23 pm Report abuse
@5 so Isolde, How much would it be to run the country? let's say 5 years with a 30 day out? As far as Nico doing anything with “El Campo” ?... it will definitely affect your management proposal ...... ;-))
10 lsolde (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 09:17 pm Report abuse
By your posts you seem the most logical Argentine on here.
l'm sure we could find work in higher management for you.
lf we made you Superintendant of Parks & Gardens, you could be Nico's boss(& others like Marcos, Axel etc).
11 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jun 16th, 2011 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
9 and 10 “The forbidden Love”, A former argentinean officer and a foreigner in malvinas :-)
12 GeoffWard (#) Jun 17th, 2011 - 02:40 am Report abuse
Tristan and Isolde - locked in an Arthurian lovelorn tryst for a lifetime of separation.
Our very own Heloise and Abelard (Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris; next grave to Jim Morrison).
I guess we have found your real name, Art. . . . . Tristan!
13 Artillero601 (#) Jun 17th, 2011 - 04:01 am Report abuse
@ 10

come on Isolde !! my napoleonic complex would not allow such a position !! Make me a 5 star general and give a job at the UN, I love Manhattan !!! Deal?
14 lsolde (#) Jun 17th, 2011 - 07:25 am Report abuse
@11 & 12 etc,
You all presume far too much, l was merely offering the man a responsible job if(when?)we take over the running of Argentina.
l would if l could, alas & alack, l do not have such power.
(but who is going to run Parks & Gardens? we want someone who will make NicoDin actually do some work!).
15 GeoffWard (#) Jun 17th, 2011 - 10:16 am Report abuse
: )
16 Artillero601 (#) Jun 17th, 2011 - 11:58 am Report abuse
@11 lol!! Marcos, that's an awesome title for a book .... we can make a killing !!!

@14 If you are running the country, you are in control. I would need Geoff to assist me in dealing with the Europeans ....
17 Forgetit87 (#) Jun 17th, 2011 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
”Specifically left out was Foreign Affairs minister Hector ‘Twitter’ Timerman (...)”

Is it my impression, or are Mercopress's editors angrier than usual?
18 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jun 18th, 2011 - 12:11 am Report abuse
17, I think you're right, lately some colonial governor in South Argentina is late with the payments.
19 lsolde (#) Jun 18th, 2011 - 08:06 am Report abuse
lf l, personally am running the country, then the job is yours!
But l want results. Failure means banishment to Chubut, where you can have many a cosy fireside chat with Sr Think.
20 GeoffWard (#) Jun 18th, 2011 - 10:06 am Report abuse
Timerman has been anything but Timerous;
he should be called 'Impetuous-Man'

Time to let him free to spend more time with his family.
21 Artillero601 (#) Jun 18th, 2011 - 03:11 pm Report abuse
@19 Good deal !!

As far as me going to Chubut with Sr Think? No !! I don't think so .... I rather be shot. Thanks but no thanks !! :-))
22 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jun 18th, 2011 - 04:00 pm Report abuse
Watch out Astillero, Think might be watching and will come back with a vengeance.
23 Artillero601 (#) Jun 18th, 2011 - 04:16 pm Report abuse
Astillero?? que hago barcos ahora ?? :-))
24 jerry (#) Jun 18th, 2011 - 11:54 pm Report abuse
Maybe Think is spending his time as night watchman for Shocklender´s car; he did register it in Chubut, you know.
25 Artillero601 (#) Jun 19th, 2011 - 03:28 am Report abuse

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