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Saturday, September 27th 2014 - 09:24 UTC

Argentina lashes Griesa for not making a final decision on the Citibank dispute

Kicillof argued that with one-off payment order, Griesa is harming Argentina and bond holders, which are hostage of the 'vulture funds'

Argentina's Economy minister Axel Kicillof lashed out at US Judge Thomas Griesa after he authorized Citibank a one-off payment of Argentine bonds' coupon next Tuesday saying he once again failed to address the heart of the issue and also in fact recognized that bonds under Argentine law do not belong to his jurisdiction.

Saturday, September 27th 2014 - 09:12 UTC

Griesa allows Citibank to process a one-off payment of Argentine bonds

Citibank can now make payment and has three months before the next payment by Argentina on 31 December for 262 million dollars is due

US District Judge Thomas Griesa has enabled Citibank to process a one-off payment on US dollar-denominated bonds issued under Argentine law, during a hearing held at Manhattan federal court on Friday.

Saturday, September 27th 2014 - 08:13 UTC

Guest post: the UN is not the solution for a rogue debtor

UN resolution 2065/1965 urged London and Buenos Aires to negotiate Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty but nearly 50 years later the Islands continue disputed

By Arturo Porzecanski of American University (*) - Jose Antonio Ocampo, a former United Nations official and co-president with Prof. Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue, which promotes the adoption of heterodox economic policies in developing countries, recently wrote a guest post welcoming a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the launch of negotiations on a multilateral framework for sovereign debt restructuring.

Saturday, September 27th 2014 - 07:59 UTC

UN Human Rights Council sides with Argentina condemns 'vulture funds'

“Vulture funds will not stop until we put the break on,” Argentina Foreign Minister Hector Timerman

The United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva on Friday adopted an Argentine-fueled resolution which condemns the so called 'holdouts' or “vulture funds”, currently in a legal dispute against the country.

Saturday, September 27th 2014 - 06:11 UTC

US/Argentina are going through 'a difficult period'; Timerman downplays situation

“Right now we are going through a difficult period in our relationship, but we hope we can still develop a positive tie with Argentina,” Jacobson said

US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson has said the bilateral relationship with Argentina is going through a “difficult period”, but stated the legal battle between that country and holdouts is not a “political problem” but a “judicial problem.”

Friday, September 26th 2014 - 16:44 UTC

Germany takes distance from 'holdouts' controversy and praises Argentina

Capitanich lashed out at Germany's finance minister, denouncing Berlin's “hostile attitude” toward Argentina's debt restructuring effort.

Angela Merkel’s administration attempted to lower tensions with the Argentine government on Thursday following controversial statements made by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble regarding the so called 'holdouts' or 'vulture funds' conflict.

Friday, September 26th 2014 - 06:26 UTC

Argentina tightens security on all air flights: requested info must be delivered 72 hours before take off

Argentina said the information will be used in the fight against “drug trafficking, international terrorism, human trafficking and illegal migration.”

The Argentine government announced that airlines for both commercial and non commercial flights will be required to deliver further information of its passengers to the National Migrations Office, the AFIP tax bureau, Airport Police and Civil Aviation National Administration (ANAC).

Thursday, September 25th 2014 - 06:34 UTC

Cristina Fernandez claims holdouts are committing “economic and financial terrorism”

“The vulture funds threaten and attack with actions against our country's economy, causing rumors, mistruths and outright lies,”

Argentine President Cristina Fernández accused holdout investors of committing “economic terrorism” and reiterated her wish for a multi-lateral framework to regulate sovereign debt, during her speech before the United Nations 69th General Assembly on Wednesday.

Thursday, September 25th 2014 - 05:17 UTC

Argentina must explain to Judge Griesa why it is not in contempt of court

Griesa stated on Thursday that the Argentina faces a 50,000 dollar daily fine if it does not comply with the ruling.

New York district judge Thomas Griesa has asked Argentina to show cause and explain why the country should not be declared in contempt, following its decision not to pay holdout investors full amount for their defaulted bonds as the judge’s ruling ordered on August 8.

Thursday, September 25th 2014 - 05:11 UTC

US dollar brushes 16 Argentine Pesos, settles at 15.95; monthly devaluation 12.4%

Uncertainty about government policies is plunging the Argentine currency

The informal rate for the US dollar in Argentina kept climbing on Wednesday and after brushing 16 Pesos, finally closed 53 cents higher at 15.95 Pesos, while the gap with the formal dollar soared to 89%. Distrust with government policy, plain speculation and hikes in the stock exchange rate were blamed for the situation.

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