Stories for February 4th 2013

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 23:50 UTC

Hague ‘open’ to Timerman but if talks refer to Falklands, Islanders should be present

Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday that he continues ‘open’ to a meeting with his peer from Argentina, Hector Timerman, although he insisted that if the talks refer to Falklands’ issues, representatives from the Islands should be present.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 22:10 UTC

Argentina will never accept the right to self determination for the people of Malvinas

Timerman says Argentina without Malvinas is “an incomplete country”

Argentina without the Malvinas Islands is an “incomplete country”, and the right to self determination is a ‘flag’ Argentina “will never allow to be used by whom were the basis of the largest empire history has recorded”, said Minister Hector Timerman on his arrival on Monday to London.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 22:05 UTC

Timerman in London insists in meeting Hague, ‘the two alone’ without Falklands’ representatives

Ambassador Castro addressed the brief request to the Foreign Office

Foreign minister Hector Timerman is in London and has reiterated his request and willingness to hold a bilateral meeting with Foreign Secretary William Hague, “the two alone, to address numerous issues of the bilateral and multilateral agenda”, says a letter from Argentine Ambassador Alicia Castro dated February 4 addressed to the Foreign Office and made public in Buenos Aires.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 05:23 UTC

“Right and proper” Islanders are involved in meetings that concern the Falklands

Hague’s offer for a meeting with Timerman still stands, says Foreign Office

The Foreign Office has reiterated its concern about the Argentine’s government behaviour towards the Falkland Islanders and considers it ‘right and proper’ that they should be involved in the part of those meetings with Argentina that concern the Islands.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 05:18 UTC

Argentine central bank reserves at their lowest level since December 2007

Vice president Amado Boudou described the advance of resources as “heterodox and moderate”

Argentina’s central bank reported that at the end of January it had reserves totalling 42.65 billion dollars which is the lowest level since President Cristina Fernandez took office in December 2007. At the time the central bank international reserves totalled 46.2 billion dollars. Only in April 2007 were reserves at a lower level, 38.6bn dollars.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 05:09 UTC

Timerman begins ‘Malvinas week’ in London but no meeting with Hague included

The Argentine minister will meet British MPs and European personalities from 18 groups that support UK/Argentina dialogue on the Falklands

Argentine Foreign minister Hector Timerman begins Monday a busy ‘Malvinas’ week in London with meetings scheduled in Parliament and later at the embassy with representatives from 18 different European groups that support UK/Argentina dialogue on the Falklands’ sovereignty

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 05:01 UTC

Paraguay promises international investigation into the death of Oviedo in helicopter crash

The former army chief, Oviedo had tried for years to take the helm of Paraguay and not always through democratic means.

The Paraguayan government announced on Sunday that it will invite international experts to investigate the circumstances of the death of presidential candidate and controversial political figure Lino Oviedo Saturday night when the helicopter transporting him crashed.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 04:55 UTC

Cameron’s Malvinas change in policy is “evidence of weakness and internal crisis”

Timerman blames Cameron for the ‘cancelling’ of his meeting with Hague

The British government’s decision to deny a meeting between UK and Argentina foreign ministers is proof of “weakness” and evidence of “the internal crisis situation” in the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister David Cameron, said Argentine Foreign minister Hector Timerman.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 04:51 UTC

Argentina prepares for the ‘mother of all battles’ against ‘holdout’ bondholders

The US said that to award full payment to holdouts could harm finances of emerging market countries and complicate future sovereign debt restructurings.

Argentina has made its final written arguments ahead of a February 27 US courtroom showdown against “holdout” bondholders demanding full payment of capital plus interests for sovereign debt from the default of more than a decade ago.

Monday, February 4th 2013 - 04:46 UTC

Berlusconi promises to end with the “technical” and “left wing” taxmen

With only a few weeks for election (Feb 24/25), public opinion polls show Berlusconi climbing faster than forecasted.

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his “last great electoral and political battle” with a sweeping promise to cut taxes and the cost of government if his centre-right wins elections this month.

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