Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Is Kirchner Defaulting Again?

The Argentine press says that tomorrow’s informal agenda for the Chavez-Kirchner meeting in Buenos Aires includes a conversation about the upcoming Mar de Plata Presidential Summit. Apparently the Argentine President is to ask Chavez to behave during the fourth meeting of the Americas and not to use it as a platform to provoke the US and embarrass Bush in person.
Two things to consider:
-Chavez invested US$ 300 million in Argetine debt and he wants to see a return. There is not such a thing as a free lunch.
-A few years ago Chavez’s political mentor, Fidel Castro, embarrassed President Fox by making public a private conversation about his presence in a similar summit. There is nothing refraining Chavez from doing something in that line.
Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s conversation the IV Summit of the Americas is promising a lot more entertainment than the famous Mar del Plata Festival.


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