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Argentine Defense Minister wants Almagro to leave OAS

Wednesday, August 11th 2021 - 09:28 UTC
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Taiana supports the Puebla Group, the CELAC and ties with China over the US Taiana supports the Puebla Group, the CELAC and ties with China over the US

Argentina's newly-appointed Defense Minister and former Senator Jorge Taiana had sent a message to US President Joseph Biden stating that Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis “Almagro must resign.”

Taiana, who was sworn in Tuesday, had said at a Puebla Group summit on July 30 that “there will be no sustainable development if there is no regional integration. CELAC must be strengthened (...) and clearly it must have as a political objective the resignation due to misconduct and immorality of Mr. (Luis) Almagro as head of the OAS.”

He had also pointed out that “there is no possible negotiation with an OAS led by Almagro and that must be made understood to the administration of President Biden. That is a point that should not have setbacks.”

Taiana was a guerrilla combatant in the 1970s and spent time in prison between 1975 and 1982 for the bombing of a Buenos Aires café in which two people were killed and several others injured. Later in time he served as Foreign Minister under Presidents Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2010). He became a Senator in 2019 as CFK vacated her seat to move up to the Vice Presidency.

Taiana is known for his involvement in the Puebla Group, a political forum made up of political parties in the region calling themselves progressives who understand that it is necessary to limit the influence of the US in Latin America.

“We as progressives have to have a political position in the face of the debates that are taking place in the world, on how multilateralism is rearmed and defended, how international law and how we avoid falling into simple polarizations that want to make us fall. We have to defend our autonomy, our own right and base integration.”

Under the Uruguayan Almagro, the OAS has strongly condemned violations of human rights in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández had also participated in the same virtual meeting, during which he described the OAS “as a kind of gendarmerie squad to advance on popular governments.”

A meeting last Friday between Fernández and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was regarded as a sign of rapprochement towards the White House. But as soon as Sullivan left Buenos Aires, Fernández announced he had chosen Taiana to replace Agustín Rossi as Defense Minister.

In the world of Foreign Relations, Taiana is recognized as a defender of the Chinese regime. In an interview with Xinhua, Taiana underscored that the link between Argentina and China goes beyond the merely commercial: “We have a comprehensive strategic partnership.”

“The achievements of the Communist Party of China, which turns 100, with the reconstruction, rebirth and progress of Chinese society in general, are inseparable,” he said. And on other occasions, he did not blush when he confidently stated: “China is a rising power and the United States is a great power but in decline.”

China has already set up a strategic base just 100 kilometers from Vaca Muerta in the province of Neuquén. These facilities are off limits to local authorities and that are surrounded by a halo of mystery about what really happens there. The arrival of a pro-Chinese lobbyist at the Ministry of Defense seems to be good news for the Asian giant.

Links between the Communist Party of China (CCP) and the Justicialist Party date back to the times when former Argentine President Juan Domingo Perón (1946-1955 / 1973-1974) exchanged letters with Chinese leader Mao Zedong, laying the “foundations for a feeling of brotherhood between the two political forces,” Taiana told Xinhua.

Taiana's seat on the Senate is to be taken over by fierce CFK militant Juliana Di Tullio.

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  • Steve Potts

    Maybe the British just like comedians?

    In February 2008, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, when speaking of the ICJ Kosovo case in the Clarin Newspaper said, ‘If we were to recognise Kosovo, which has declared independence unilaterally, without an agreement from Serbia, we would set a dangerous precedent that would seriously threaten our chances of a political settlement in the case of the Falkland Islands.’ He continued, ‘Argentina will not recognise also because it supports the principle of territorial integrity.’ (Jorge Taiana,, 20 Feb 2008).

    The majority of the world now recognises Kosovo. Chuckle chuckle

    Aug 11th, 2021 - 02:52 pm +2
  • Steve Potts

    Great decision maker...

    Regarding Falklands oil exploration, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana stated in February 2010, that his Government would take 'all measures necessary to preserve our rights' and also reiterated that Argentina had a 'permanent claim' on the islands, saying 'Buenos Aires would complain to the UN over the oil project and might take the case to the International Courts of Justice in the Hague.' ( British Drilling For Falklands Oil Threatens Argentine Relations, Pope, F. , 13 Feb 2010 and Potential Drilling off Falkland, Provokes Tension Between Argentina & UK, IRRU News, 17 Feb 2010).

    Chuckle chuckle

    Aug 11th, 2021 - 11:29 am +1
  • Trimonde

    Hm. Very interesting. I doubt the US will show any measure of respect. I think they are establishing precedences to build from later.
    ... The repercussions of a stupid stubborn ignorant woman. To think the Junta's stupid actions gave us an opportunity for things to be great and completely different today, in all of Latin America. ... But! when countries learn to start thriving through unnecessary wars, its all over for the world. So sad. So tragic for human civilization that human nature finds it so hard to turn on a dime in order to seize its mistakes and correct its path. It always builds up to the point of destruction, and then we got to start all over again.

    Aug 11th, 2021 - 10:59 am 0
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