Amid internal pressure to avoid PASO, Alberto Fernández asked “not to distort the ongoing electoral processes”

Alberto Fernández opened the summit meeting between CELAC and the European Union.
Alberto Fernández opened the summit meeting between CELAC and the European Union.

Alberto Fernández opened this morning at the Kirchner Cultural Center a biregional meeting between the foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU), and in his message he aimed to strengthen democracy in the region and also asked “the ongoing electoral processes are not distorted”, this last phrase seemed to be aimed at the Argentine government’s internal debates about the achievement GRAZING next year.

“Latin America gradually regained the value of democracy and institutions. In these times, hate cultists find it very easy to shade their preaching. In a discouraged society, the most violent words have more effect than thoughtful words,” said the president.

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“I don’t want democracy to be disrespected anywhere, for the people’s verdict to be disrespected, nor distort ongoing electoral processes. You have to be tough on the followers of hatred,” added the Argentine head of state.

These statements by Fernández came a day after four representatives from the provincial forces who generally support the positions of the Frente de Todos presented the project in the National Congress delete the STEP. Furthermore, this morning he is the Minister of the Interior Edward “Wado” from Peter admitted in a radio report that they were trying to “convince the president” to adhere to this initiative.

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Family photo at CCK on Wednesday evening.  In the middle, Minister of Foreign Affairs Santiago Cafiero, President Alberto Fernández and High European Representative Josef Borrell with representatives of 53 other countries.
Family photo at CCK on Wednesday evening. In the middle, Minister of Foreign Affairs Santiago Cafiero, President Alberto Fernández and High European Representative Josef Borrell with representatives of 53 other countries.

With the presence of representatives from 54 countries (absent were Brazil, Saint Kitts and Nevis; Grenada; Saint Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda) of the 61 countries that make up the CELAC-EU bloc, Fernández also highlighted the strong performance pandemic and the impact of the war between Russia and Ukraine for the world economy. “The world that touched us is very complex. We survived the pandemic. In order to integrate, we must understand the injustice that reigns in the world. Mortality in poor countries was four times higher than in developed countries,” he said.

“I thought that humanity would come out of the pandemic better. But it turned out that the good ones were really good and the bad ones were really bad. And the inequality continued. After so much pain, it was unexpected that war broke out. This is contrary to the elementary principles of the countries that make up the UN. The world does not need more wars”, said the ua harsh criticism of the Russian invasion of Ukraine which began on February 24 with a speech in which he read only a few times and which lasted 23 minutes.

“While missiles are fired there, here we go hungry. The gap between the two worlds is huge. In this state of injustice, Europe must help us achieve development. If Argentina must have a partner, that partner is called Europe. I want this meeting to serve to build bridges. We have what Europe needs. Let’s not fall into the world of unique speeches”, he stressed. “Latin America is a zone of peace, where we resolve conflicts through dialogue,” assured the president.

A panoramic view of the meeting place of Latin American and European representatives in CCK.
A panoramic view of the meeting place of Latin American and European representatives in CCK.

The possibility of renegotiating the agreement between Mercosur and the European Union appeared again with the Spaniard’s visit to the country Joseph Borrellhigh representative of the European Union for foreign affairs, who heads the delegation of the Old Continent.

Borrell discussed this during his visit to the Casa Rosada on Tuesday this week, and there was also talk of reviving an agreement between Argentina and the EU that dates back to 1990.

Chancellor santiago cafiero, before joining the CCK, said that the agreement between Mercosur and the European Union “was discussed for a long time and overlapped with the European Green Pact, which made it obsolete.” But he made it clear that “the will to continue negotiations and reach an agreement. There are advances that have been made in 2019. It is not an ideological issue. The productive asymmetries that exist between the two blocs must be resolved somewhere, it cannot be something that is not discussed because otherwise it is not an agreement,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The war in Ukraine and the defense of human rights

On Wednesday evening, the representatives of both blocs unanimously signed a declaration in which they agreed “our commitment to the consolidation of democracy, respect for human rights.” The same document mentions “the defense of sovereignty, without threats, aggression and unilateral coercive measures contrary to international law, in an environment of peace, stability and justice”.

In a closed debate held in the San Martín Palace in the afternoon, Chilean Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola, one of the first to speak, was one of those who showed the greatest sharpness in questioning human rights violations in Nicaragua. There were other diplomats who joined the Chilean demands, Denis Moncada, the chancellor of the Daniel Ortega regime, decided to defend his country’s position by not responding to the accusations.

This afternoon at the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cafiero and Borrell will talk to the press and there it will be known whether progress can be made in the agreements on war and respect for human rights in some countries of the region, which are the ones that have caused the biggest disagreements between the blocs.

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