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Passing of Argentina’s Former President Nestor Kirchner

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 27, 2010


I offer my deepest condolences to the people of Argentina and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on the passing of former President Nestor Kirchner. As President of Argentina and Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations, Nestor Kirchner was an advocate for the citizens of Argentina and a leading voice for South American integration.

During my visit to Buenos Aires earlier this year, President Fernandez de Kirchner and I reaffirmed the deep friendship between our countries, and as friends, the United States mourns with all Argentines. They have lost a leader and the Kirchner family has lost a beloved husband and father. Today our thoughts and prayers are with the President and her children.

Hillary did not take even two hours after I got the news and posted about this, her statement came through.

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Wow! This just came across the ticker as a huge shock to me.

Former Argentine president Kirchner dies

By Jude Webber in Buenos Aires and John Paul Rathbone in London

Published: October 27 2010 19:34 | Last updated: October 27 2010 19:34

Argentine stocks saw their biggest rise in two years and benchmark sovereign bonds soared after Néstor Kirchner, 60, the former president and husband of current president Cristina Fernández, died of a heart attack and investors bet that the country’s “Kirchner era” was drawing to a close.

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I immediately thought of Hillary. I hope nothing like this ever happens to her. She has had those two scares, and she took them rather hard from what I could see.  I am glad President Clinton is being so careful with his diet.

I feel awful for President Kirchner, pictured below with Hillary in the Casa Rosada this past April. It is so sad.   The Kirchners represent the Justicialista Party founded by the Pérons.  The article comes from the Financial Times, so I am not surprised that the focus is on what investors are betting hoping.  I think that after the 65th anniversary this month of this party winning its first presidential election, it is foolish to bet against them.

In the end, though, all politics aside, my heart goes out to the President of Argentina as I am sure Hillary’s does as well. My prayers are with her and her family.

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More from the Casa Rosada: How could it get any better? THIS press briefing on Day One of Women’s History Month! Women making history – how cool is this? Women’s History Month is off to a roaring start!

Remarks With Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
La Casa Rosada
Buenos Aires, DC, Argentina
March 1, 2010

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) (In progress) meeting with Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State of the USA, where we addressed different matters of common interest to our countries. (Inaudible) very much for being in our country (inaudible) overnight here in Argentina, too. We consider that a very good gesture for our country. And we both showed great articulation as to our presence, for instance, in (inaudible), where we could reassert the commitment of both countries. (Inaudible) as to humanitarian aid (inaudible) Haiti, and we have agreed (inaudible) a more thorough strategic (inaudible).

And we also reasserted the historic commitment, the (inaudible) commitment of Argentina to fight against terrorism. As I always say, the U.S. and Argentina are the only two countries in all the (inaudible) that have suffered more than (inaudible). Therefore, both countries have a very strong commitment in this regard and we have reasserted such commitment. And we have also addressed our future participation in the meeting in Washington (inaudible).

And we’ve also talked about the problems of our region. At the end of the meeting, I also thanked her for making public those documents related to the dictatorship in Argentina. And we also requested the U.S. to (inaudible) the issue between Great Britain and (inaudible), so that we can sit down at the table and discuss sovereignty over (inaudible) Malvinas, taking into the interests of the inhabitants of the islands, as stated in the different resolutions adopted by (inaudible) from 1975 (inaudible).

And I (inaudible) to Madam Secretary. It’s been a very pleasant, very respectful (inaudible). She was a senator in – with the state of New York. I visited her in her office. And then we met at the Democratic Convention (inaudible). And on this occasion too, it’s been a very warm and friendly meeting.

MODERATOR: Madam Secretary.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Madam President, for your hospitality and the warm welcome. I am delighted to be back in Argentina, and I thank you for the very warm, broad, comprehensive discussion that we just completed. This is not the first time that we have met, and I especially appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you everything from our joint commitment to help both the people of Haiti and the people of Chile recover from their earthquakes, and to reaffirm our historic ties and the common values and goals that we both feel so strongly about.

I thanked the president for the excellent work that is done by the Argentine doctors and peacekeepers in Haiti. I also thanked her for the leadership that Argentina has shown in reducing and standing against the threat of terrorism, as well as the leadership that your country has demonstrated when it comes to nuclear proliferation. As the president said, both of our countries share the very tragic history of being victims of terrorism, which I think makes us very strong in acting together along with other partners to rid the world of this scourge.

We look forward to the president’s participation in the nuclear security summit hosted by President Obama in Washington in April. We discussed the threat that Iran poses to the nonproliferation goal that both of our countries are committed to pursuing. And we also discussed in depth the economic crisis that has confronted the world and the role that Argentina and the United States are playing in the G-20 to strengthen the global financial system.

So, Madam President, we have a very full agenda before us. Before I conclude, I would just mention one matter that we did not discuss in our very extensive meeting: the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. (Laughter.) Argentina doesn’t need it, but we wish your team good luck, unless, of course, you play the United States. (Laughter.)

So thank you again, Madam President. And let me convey my best wishes for Argentina’s bicentennial celebration in May, and for your continued commitment to democracy and human rights, to economic and social inclusion. Argentina remains an inspiration and a model to people throughout our hemisphere.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

And for the Secretary, it’s about the Falklands. The – President Fernandez talked about possible friendly mediation. Would the U.S. be considered – would the U.S. (inaudible) consider some kind of mediation role between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands? Thank you.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) (Inaudible) what we have (inaudible) by both countries as a friendly country of both Argentina and the UK, so as to get both countries to sit down at the table and address these negotiations within the framework of the UN resolutions strictly. We do not want to move away from that in any letter whatsoever, any comma, of what has been stated by dozens of UN resolutions and resolutions by its decolonization committee. That’s the only thing we’ve asked for, just to have them sit down at the table and negotiate. I don’t think that’s too much, really, in a very conflicted and controversial world, complex in terms.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And we agree. We would like to see Argentina and the United Kingdom sit down and resolve the issues between them across the table in a peaceful, productive way.

QUESTION: (Via interpreter) To the Secretary of State, good evening on behalf of all the journalists here. I was just wondering what made you change your mind and include Argentina, that was not originally envisaged in your schedule, and whether this will give the president the possibility, then, of meeting with President Obama, as he’s been considering holding meetings with several countries – Latin American countries?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I’m very pleased that I was able to come to Buenos Aires and have this very long, productive meeting, spend the night, and have the pleasure of being here once again. I know that President de Kirchner will be coming to Washington, and there will be an opportunity to discuss future meetings. But I’m very pleased that I had the opportunity for this meeting today.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) And if you’ll allow me, I’d like to add something to this answer. I only hold special appointments with my husband, President Kirchner. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

INTERPRETER: The journalist was just asking how the U.S. intends to negotiate to get the United Kingdom to sit at the table and address the Malvinas issue. And he was then asking about this setting up of the fund. So, what’s the reserves of the country?

SECRETARY CLINTON: As to the first point, we want very much to encourage both countries to sit down. Now we cannot make either one do so, but we think it is the right way to proceed.

As to the first point, we want very much to encourage both countries to sit down. Now, we cannot make either one do so, but we think it is the right way to proceed. So we will be saying this publicly, as I have been, and we will continue to encourage exactly the kind of discussion across the table that needs to take place.

I’m sorry, I don’t know what fund we’re referring to.

QUESTION: He was talking about the fund that is set up or was going to be set up with a reserve (inaudible). What do you think about Argentina using its reserves to set up a fund to settle foreign debt?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think that Argentina has made a tremendous amount of progress in paying down its debt. And the president and I were talking about the progress, which is very dramatic, just in the last several years. And I confessed to her that so far as I know, based on the figures, Argentina’s debt-to-GDP ratio is a lower percentage now than the United States debt-to-GDP ratio. So however Argentina is doing it, it’s working. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: I have a question for President de Kirchner. Madam President, just days before this trip, you appeared on CNN and said that in Latin America there had been some sense of disappointment about the first year of the Obama Administration. I’m wondering if in your discussions with Secretary Clinton, if you touched on this disappointment at all, if perhaps Secretary Clinton was able to change your mind about it, and if you had any suggestions about how to avoid similar disappointments in the coming years. Thank you.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) I hardly talk about my CNN interview with the Secretary of State. I don’t usually talk about my interviews with the media (inaudible). It would be sort of dangerous for me to tell her what I think and for her to tell me what she says to the media. But we did talk about what triggered that question at the CNN, which was the Honduras issue, where, as you all know, both countries hold different stances. Far from turning (inaudible) into two people that cannot reach agreement, turns us into very serious (inaudible) where we can discuss our points of agreement and things on which we do not agree. This is not only – or not only goes to the relationship (inaudible), but also between (inaudible) civilized, democratic (inaudible). So we can have common points of view on very serious problems and disagree on how we approach other problems (inaudible) serious, responsible, and mature manner. These are the three (inaudible) to live in a civilized world, and both countries aspire to attain that.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Could I just add to the president’s comments? We had a very frank exchange of views about our different perceptions of Honduras. And as the president said, I appreciated the opportunity to explain why we believe that the free and fair elections which have elected the new president in Honduras means it’s time to turn the page. The difficult period Honduras went through, we hope is now over.

But in any event, the way we were able to discuss this important issue illustrates the importance of our two countries remaining in close touch and constant consultation. Where we agree is so much greater than where we disagree. Thank you again, Madam President.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: Thank you, Madam Secretary (inaudible) and good evening to all of you. Thank you.

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Earlier today, as I was able to grab a few minutes here and there, I posted a series of pictures from Secretary Clinton’s day in Uruguay.  Well, there was a plethora of pictures from today by the time I got home, so these are some more I want to share.

Here she is arriving in Montevideo.  When she travels, I really like to have the obligatory arrival picture.  She has a way of walking down those steps.

She also has a way of walking the tarmac..
This next series show her with outgoing Uruguayan President Tabare Vaquez.  I love their greeting. 

She also met with the President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo.

She attended the inauguration at the Legialative Palace.

Originally, she was also  supposed to meet with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Uruguay and then to leave after the inauguration for Chile, however, those plans changed today.  Instead of meeting with Kirchner in Uruguay, and instead of going directly to Chile, she flew, instead to Buenos Aires, and was received by Kirchner there.  (Upcoming separate post on this because there’s just more history to that than I want to handle in this post.)  She will visit Chile tomorrow.  Apparently that stop has been attenuated to some extent, but she certainly will meet with President Michelle Bachelet and President-elect Sebastian Pinera.

So this afternoon, she boarded her Hillforce One for the short hop to B.A.  (Ohhhh!  I wish I were there.  Someday, I HAVE to go to Argentina!)

Upcoming: Hillary with Cristina at the Casa Rosada. 

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Oh those Malvinas keep coming up!  Whoops!  Falklands?  Whatever.

Remarks With Uruguayan President-elect Jose Mujica

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 1, 2010

PRESIDENT-ELECT MUJICA: (Via interpreter) Good morning, everybody. On behalf of my home and my country, I want to very especially thank (inaudible), Madam Secretary of State Clinton has had in coming here. Sometime, a short time ago, (inaudible) Secretary of State with whom we have been making (inaudible) like to undertake with the United States in the region. We already have some commercial agreements, but we want to move forward. We want your cooperation in science, especially in research. We are – we (inaudible) research at the universities and we’d like to work together. We offered also our (inaudible) to contribute to whatever can be done to mitigate the unavoidable contradictions that history has imposed, especially in Latin America.

We are – we have to admit that we have prejudices that we sometimes (inaudible) with stereotypes. We were very surprised to see that a black would have become the president of the United States. That is something that we had never thought that it would be possible, and that was out of (inaudible) prejudice on our side. That is a lesson and a very (inaudible) lesson that we learned and that keeps us promoting the changes that have been good (inaudible) in America.

So we wish you the very best in that respect and we want you to know that in the future, we are going to be willing to contribute in the trade of peace. (Inaudible) efforts will be enough to make peace. That is something that we must really to cooperate with. So once again, thank you for coming.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, President-elect. And I am honored to be here on behalf of President Obama and the United States of America. We join you in celebrating the strength of Uruguayan democracy and the progress that your country has made and we know will continue to make in the future.

While today is a day of celebration, it is also a time when our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile. I will be in Santiago tomorrow to meet with President Bachelet and President-elect Piñera to work with the government and people of Chile in solidarity in recovery from this earthquake.

But now I wish to not only congratulate the president-elect and the new government, but to applaud the way in which the government is unifying and bringing together even opposition parties to work on behalf of the people of Uruguay. Indeed, Uruguayans are rightly proud of their leaders and their democracy and this peaceful and orderly transition of power brought about by an election. Indeed, your country, President-elect Mujica, is a model for many others not only in our hemisphere but throughout the world.

I thank Uruguay for the peacekeepers that you send in large numbers compared to your population. I commend you for the leadership role you are playing as the chair of the Friends of Haiti group. And as you and I discussed, sir, we will be working with you in partnership on behalf of education, science and technology, business, trade, and investment.

So again, sir, it is a deep privilege for me to be back in Uruguay 12 years after my first visit, and to see some familiar faces, but mostly to congratulate you, your new government, and the resolve and democratic values of the people of your country. And of course, Mr. President-elect, it is a personal pleasure to see a first lady who is also a senator. (Laughter.)

MODERATOR: We’ll take two questions, first from Kirit Radia of ABC News.

QUESTION: Hi, Madam Secretary.

SECRETARY CLINTON: But you should go. Yeah, yeah. I will answer their questions. You have to go to get ready. Yeah, yeah. Thank you, sir.

QUESTION: Hi, Madam Secretary.


QUESTION: I’d like to ask you more about your trip to Chile. I’d like to know more about what you plan to do (inaudible) today that the Chilean Government is now asking for some assistance. What is the U.S. prepared to do (inaudible)?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, both President Obama and I spoke with President Bachelet shortly after the earthquake, offered whatever assistance the government might need – put on stand-by search-and-rescue teams, other assets that we thought might be needed. They have asked for communications equipment, some of which I am bringing on our plane. Other technical equipment will be flown there in addition. But one of the reasons why they have asked me to continue my trip is to assess whatever else they might need and immediately to begin the process of providing it.

MODERATOR: Second question is from Bill Faries of Bloomberg News.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, welcome to Uruguay.


QUESTION: Argentina is greatly concerned about the beginning of oil drilling, or oil exploration efforts off the coast of the Falkland Islands. I was hoping you could clarify the U.S. position on this. Is – do you believe that this is an issue that the U.S. – perhaps you (inaudible) – that Argentina and the UK should sit down and discuss in terms of the future sovereignty of the islands?

SECRETARY CLINTON: As you know, we’ll be going to Buenos Aires later today. I look forward to meeting with President de Kirchner and discussing a full range of issues. It is our position that this is a matter to be resolved between the United Kingdom and Argentina. If we can be of any help in facilitating such an effort, we stand ready to do so. Thank you all.

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I hope this is not premature of me, but I have to hand it to Assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela who is doing the best job so far of tweeting a trip! He sent the link to these pictures. There are more at the State Department Flickr site. I am at the office and do not have time to upload everything right now.

Secretary Valenzuela also communicated that a stop in Buenos Aires has been added to the itinerary. Secretary Clinton will meet with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner there. I heard on the news this morning that the Chile stop will be brief.

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