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Argentine embassy in US launches website on the struggle with 'vulture funds'

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 08:54 UTC
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The website is called “All about the Argentine Debt Case”, and is divided in several sections. The website is called “All about the Argentine Debt Case”, and is divided in several sections.
Among the opinions are those from Stiglitz, Mujica; Rafael Correa; Bachelet; OAS; the UN and US, Brazil, France and Mexico governments. Among the opinions are those from Stiglitz, Mujica; Rafael Correa; Bachelet; OAS; the UN and US, Brazil, France and Mexico governments.

The Argentine Embassy in the United States has launched a website to explain the conflict between Argentina and holdout investors commonly referred to as “vulture funds”. The website explains the origins of the conflict, its history, and provides documents and expert opinions on the subject. Its virtual library has until now over 200 documents and 100 independent sources.

The website is called “All about the Argentine Debt Case”, and is divided in several sections such as: why is the case important to the world; what is a 'vulture fund'; and what are the actions they take in different regions of the world to gain extraordinary benefits against local governments and people.

“The rulings by NY courts in the case of Argentina’s sovereign debt restructuring have forever changed sovereign debt markets, rendering future sovereign debt restructurings virtually impossible,” the site’s presentation reads.

The website explains the Argentine proposal and backs it up with numerous expert opinions such as the ones delivered by: Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Prize winner in Economics); José Mujica (former President of Uruguay); Rafael Correa (President of Ecuador); Michelle Bachelet (President of Chile); the OEA; the UN and the governments of United States, Brazil, France and Mexico.

The conflict started in when Argentina defaulted in 2001. The country successfully restructured its debt with 92.4% of its bondholders in 2005 and 2010, but a small minority of vulture funds chose not to join the debt exchange.

These funds bought debt many years after the default and judicially harassed Argentina to obtain an exorbitant 1600% profit, according to the website.

The US judicial system upheld the litigant’s request. Circumventing the sovereign immunities all nations have in the US, the ruling blocked 92.4% of Argentina’s exchange bondholders from collecting their payments until the litigants’ claims are fulfilled.

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  • golfcronie

    Let's get this straight. Are they saying that the bonds have gone up in value 1600%? That of course taking in account of inflation currently 30-35% per annum and of course the interest on the bonds since 2001, sounds ok to me.

    Aug 08th, 2015 - 09:59 am 0
  • Conqueror

    I went to have a look at that website. It's more or less what you'd expect. Steibnitz appears several times. So does Kiciloff. There's also the usual sprinkling of lies. Sorry, please replace “sprinkling” in the previous sentence with “drenching”. Oh and, of course, none of it is argieland's fault. The whole structure of the world's finances are about to collapse on the strength of certain parties “gunning” for argieland.
    Here's a list of countries by public debt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_public_debt
    Sorted, argieland is 80th. How come “vulture” funds aren't targeting countries higher up the list?
    The reality is that argieland pulled a scam. That's a deliberate fraud. It's now squirming, wriggling, doing everything it can to avoid paying its debts. And it's failing. Where is the end? When Kirchner steps down, will argieland finally give in, admit defeat and pay up? Will enough Kirchnerites stay in power so that she can pull their strings?

    Aug 08th, 2015 - 10:25 am 0
  • Terence Hill

    Argentina Is Already in Violation of the UN’s 9 Debt Restructuring Principles
    http://factcheckargentina.org/

    Aug 08th, 2015 - 11:31 am 0
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