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UNITED STATES/AMERICAS-President Says UK Falkland Stance 'Stupidity'

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 President Says UK Falkland Stance 'Stupidity'
 Report by Ernesto Azarkevich from Posadas: "For Cristina, the English
 Position on Malvinas is a 'Stupidity'" - Clarin.com
 Friday June 17, 2011 21:31:47 GMT
 Cristina Fernandez said that she was responding in her character as the
 "president of all" (Argentines) and she categorized the British prime
 minister's remarks as being "arrogant, mediocre, and almost stupid." She
 also described the United Kingdom as "a clumsy colonial power in a state
 of decline."
 
"We are going to continue claiming sovereignty (of the Malvinas) and
 calling for dialogue in the United Nations and in all international
 forums. We are going to recover them (the islands) by acting legally and
 peacefully," she declared in a heated tone. "We are going to continue tire
 lessly to claim sovereignty and to call on them to meet us for talks," she
 added.
 
The president arrived in Misiones on board the Tango 01 presidential
 aircraft precisely at 1245 and took part in a videoconference with San
 Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja to inaugurate a technical school; and also
 with Ministry of Industry Debora Giorgi, who was in the Misiones Province
 city of Eldorado, where the Brazilian firm Dass expanded its shoe assembly
 plant.
 
Cristina Fernandez's visit -- the eighth during her presidency -- came
 just 10 days before the provincial elections and was a sign of the
 administration's obvious support for the current Misiones governor,
 Kirchnerite Maurice Closs, who is running for reelection.
 
The excuse for her trip was the opening of a musical theater in the
 Knowledge Center in Posadas. There she heard Piazzolla's Libertango and
 spoke with dancer Inaki Urlezaga, who appeared at the opening performance
 in the theater.
 
Very early in the morning the police assigned 800 agents to the security
 operation due to strong rumors about clashes between supporters of the
 mayor of Posadas, Orlando Franco, and of his chief rival, the current
 (provincial) minister of social development, Joaquin Losada. Both are
 running with the pro-government Renewal Front, but with different
 factions.
 
From the podium, during his speech Governor Closs called on his supporters
 "to remain calm during this final phase of the campaign; we need to go to
 each neighborhood eight times, but we must always remain peaceful as we do
 so." This exhortation came after a Renewal Front supporter was killed in a
 knife fight at a political rally on 25 May.
 
The president was accompanied by just a few officials and she remained in
 Posadas for an hour and a half. Dressed in black, she delivered netbooks
 to students, title deeds to small farmers, and 35 million pesos
 ($8,551,184.11 USD) to subsidize the price of yerba mate p roduced by
 small growers in the province.
 
She devoted one paragraph of her speech to the media, saying: "I do not
 want to cry today so that they will not label me 'the weeping woman...' "I
 am not going to give them that pleasure."
 
The federal government has also pledged to disburse 180 million pesos
 ($43,977,518.19 USD) for a new drinking water treatment plant and a
 drinking water system for the city of Puerto Iguazu, a city that is a
 major tourist attraction.
 
(Description of Source: Buenos Aires Clarin.com in Spanish -- Online
 version of highest-circulation, tabloid-format daily owned by the Clarin
 media group; generally critical of government; URL: http://www.clarin.com)
 
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