Argentina will be pressing next Monday for support from Latinamerica and the Caribbean, and on Wednesday at United Nations, in its dispute over the oil drilling round about to being in the Falkland Islands.
A consumer group had called on Argentines, world leaders in beef consumption, to boycott the meat for a week in an effort to lower prices, according to news reports from Buenos Aires.
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner defended her decision to place stronger controls on navigation and shipping within the Falklands called on the United Nations to force the United Kingdom to come through on negotiations over the sovereignty of that territory.
Former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner (2003/2007) is scheduled to reappear in a political rally next week for the launching of his presidential pre-campaign, the first such appearance since he underwent an emergency and delicate surgery in his carotid earlier in the month.
Argentine ports received 9,246.4 tons of common hake (Merluccius hubbsi) between January 1 and February 12 this year which is 60% less than the 23,200 tons for the same period a year ago.
The Argentine government made public Tuesday a decree that requires prior approval for ships sailing between Argentina and the Falkland Islands. The approval will be needed for vessels travelling “or carrying goods directly or indirectly” between the mainland and the Islands, announced cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez during a press conference at Government House.
The administration of Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said it is willing to discuss with the opposition the Bicentennial Fund project which aims to service public debt with reserves from the Central Bank and which triggered a three branches confrontation that ended in the resignation of the bank’s president Martin Perez Redrado.
Argentina’s government lacks the support needed in the Senate to approve President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s plan to tap 6.6 billion US dollars in Central Bank reserves to pay sovereign debt due this year, ruling party Senator Miguel Pichetto admitted on Sunday.
An investigation carried out by the oil company Pan American Energy (PAE), at the behest of the Santa Cruz Fisheries Subsecretariat, contends that the capture of common hake (Merluccius hubbsi) has spiked in the San Jorge Gulf fishing-ground. The results of the study contradict claims by the yellow fleet fishers of Caleta Paula, who complain of a smaller abundance of the resource.
Consumer prices in Argentina recorded a 1% increase in January, according to the Indec national statistics bureau. In comparison to the same month last year, inflation reached 8.2%, a figure which is highly criticized by researchers and specialists.