Cristina Fernandez points her guns to the US and ‘vulture funds’, but no word on the Falklands

Addressing the UN General Assembly, President Cristina Fernandez accused the United States of ‘protecting’ a former Argentine intelligence agent, blasted the speculative or ‘vulture funds’, gave details of the Iran-US-Argentina dealings and to everybody’s surprise did not mention a word about the Falkland Islands sovereignty claim.

Cristina Fernandez, who did not reveal the name of the intelligence agent involved, requested collaboration from the US government to specify under what conditions he was in the country. She also called on Washington and Teheran to help with the still unsolved AMIA case, the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community institution in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and left hundreds injured.

In her last address to the UN General Assembly, the president defined the AMIA case as a spider’s web of foreign interests, in which the weakest and smallest are trapped. She added that the current cover up court case is rendering ‘frightening revelations’ and links with the speculative or ‘vulture’ funds.

The president said that the intelligence agent, who is hiding in the US was removed from the AMIA case investigation last December for hindering proceedings and apparently he has belonged to that service since the seventies, which means “he has served military dictatorships and elected governments”.

She also congratulated the US and Iran for having reached an accord on non nuclear proliferation but at the same blasted the speculative funds for having financed with millions of dollars a campaign to attack her government as “an accomplice of the Iran regime”. Does “this mean that Obama is also an accomplice?”

In an interesting piece of her speech, Cristina Fernandez revealed how back in 2008, the US approached her government for help in dealing with Iran, since ”at that time they were already in negotiations with Teheran“.

The Argentine president also praised the General Assembly which in early September approved, with an overwhelming majority, nine basic principles regarding sovereign debt, which means politics takes control of financial and economic issues, and not the other way round as ”happens currently“. She insisted in attacking the speculative funds as ‘financial predators’, adding they have on their side the ‘complicity from the US courts”.

Defending the twelve years of the Kirchner couple administrations, the president said that in this period (2003/2015) the Argentine economy and society were recovered, since ‘politics took command of the economy’ and the country was involved in an inexorable process of cutting Argentina’s debts and dependence from international banking and financial organizations“.

To that respect she recalled the words of her former husband, ex president Nestor Kirchner who addressing the UN said that ”the dead don’t pay debts“, and this was not a premonition, or guessing the future, it was plain common sense, ”it’s impossible to pay debts without growth in the debtor country”.

Finally there was a mention to the reconciliation of Cuba and the US, the Colombian agreement and Pope Francis speech and appeals to world leaders.

But as mentioned above not a line, not a word about the Argentine claim over the Falkland Islands, or call for dialogue, as is traditional in the annual UN round of speeches. Most probably the Holy See has convinced president Cristina Fernandez that on the track she was trying to push the case there would be no results. Most probably a more tolerant and respectful attitude towards the population of the Falkland Islands can be expected from now onwards.

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