Stories for September 22nd 2012
President Cristina Fernandez leaves this weekend for New York to attend the UN General Assembly where two of the main issues of the Argentine agenda will be the Malvinas Islands claim and AMIA, the terrorist attack on an Argentine Jewish institution in which allegedly Iran could have been involved.
Ecuador proposed on Friday transferring Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from its embassy in London where he has taken refuge to that in Sweden where he is a suspect of sex related crimes. However this depends on Britain and there has been no official reaction to the proposal.
Foreign minister Hector Timerman thanked the Colombian government for supporting Argentine legitimate claims over the Malvinas Islands and for calling for a resumption of negotiation with the UK to find a peaceful solution to the South Atlantic islands dispute.
Norway presented on Friday to the Organization of American States, OAS, a contribution of 600.000 dollars to support the humanitarian demining program along the Ecuadorean/Peruvian border in the Andes in the Condor region.
A Venezuelan military delegation is currently visiting Buenos Aires to advance cooperation agreements with Argentina and continue to consider the project for the development of a training jet aircraft for Unasur, Union of South American Nations.
The Argentine opposition strongly criticized the budget bill sent to Congress and questioned the real growth of the economy during the current year, wondering who are the real holders of sovereign bonds tied to GDP growth maturing later this year.
The Government of Gibraltar will have a presence at the party conferences of the three main political parties in the United Kingdom this year. The conference season opens this Sunday with the Liberal Democrat party conference which takes place in Brighton from 23rd to 26th of this month.
The Argentine economy remained flat in the second quarter of the year compared to the same time period of 2011, the poorest performance in three years, according to the national statistics office Indec.
Global wheat prices climbed on Friday as Russia’s economy minister raised the possibility of grain export curbs from one of the largest global suppliers in what appeared to be a policy u-turn.