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Security Minister Resigns, Replacement Announced


Secretary of public communications Alfredo Scocciomarro today announcing the new security minister (Photo: Presidencia/Télam/dsl)

Secretary of public communications Alfredo Scocciomarro today announcing the new security minister (Photo: Presidencia/Télam/dsl)

National Security Minister Arturo Puricelli formally handed in his resignation from the post, as confirmed by government spokesman Alfredo Scocciomarro in a press conference today. Cecilia Rodríguez will take over his position as minister.

A political scientist, Rodríguez is a member of the youth political organisation La Cámpora, founded in 2006 and which stronly supports the presidencies of both Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández.

The newly appointed minister has held various positions within government in the past. Until now, she had been heading the Secretariat of Military Coordination and Emergency Assistance, part of the Ministry of Defence. She also assisted in humanitarian activities in Haiti on behalf of the Argentine government. She has been appointed by President Fernández.

Puricelli leaves his position six months after replacing Nilda Garré and joins the recent additions to the cabinet of Jorge Capitanich, as Chief of Cabinet, and Alex Kicillof, as Economy Minister. 

His resignation comes after public statements of disagreement between himself and Security Secretary Sergio Berni over the problem of drug trafficking in the country’s borders. After several judges claimed there was a serious lack of controls at the borders to detect drug trafficking, Berni defended the work of the government and claimed the judges refused to go on a fact-finding mission to the border points.

Puricell, instead, admitted there were serious problems in the government’s ability to tackle the crime and recognised the difficulties faced in securing border controls.

Rodriguez will be sworn in on Wednesday at the Casa Rosada.

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Uk and Argentine Defence Secretaries in Row over Falkland Islands


Argentina’s Minister of Defence Arturo Puricelli has reacted to Britain’s hardline assertion of its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, otherwise known as Las Malvinas, and says he will not be provoked in to military action. He denounced comments made by his British counterpart in a press conference yesterday as a show of “force and arrogance”, and labelled the conference a “thuggish and irrational” debate.

Yesterday, Liam Fox affirmed Britain would be willing to use force if needed. As he rather callously put it: “Those in politics on the other side of the world can huff and puff but it will not change our resolve politically to retain the independence and the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, nor to come to their defence and to maintain deterrence as best we can.”

A fairly combative rhetoric has been escalating on both sides; this comes just two weeks after President Fernández de Kirchner labelled Britain a “crass colonial power in decline”, and described David Cameron’s refusal to negotiate as a “gesture of mediocrity and stupidity”.

Mr Fox took the opportunity yesterday to gently remind Argentina of the typhoons already stationed on the islands. He added that, were altercations to arise, Britain could deploy combat planes and naval power if necessary.

However, just ten days ago, head of the Naval task force in the Falklands war Admiral Sir John Woodward claimed Britain could do “precisely nothing” to stop Argentina winning back the islands by military means due to cuts in the defence budget.

The international community has, for the most part, been calling for talks between the two nations – a request that the UK has firmly ignored. President Fernández de Kirchner used the UN secretary Ban Ki-Moon’s visit earlier this month as a platform to draw attention to UN resolution 2.065. Sworn through in 1960, the resolution demanded negotiations and debate between the UK, Ireland and Argentina over sovereignty of the islands, disputed since the re-establishment of British rule in 1833.

Another blow to the UK came by way of the OAS, the Organisation of American States, whose 38 independent states voted unanimously for the UK to open a dialogue. This included the support of the Obama Administration, despite the so-called ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK.

One of the main bones of contention are plans for British oil explorer Rockhopper (RKH.L) to start extracting, an activity that Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Taina has called “illegal”. Rockhopper shares went up 15 percent on the Market this March after a large oil column and high quality reservoir were found at an appraisal well in the Sea Lion reserve.

It is looking increasingly unlikely that an agreement will be reached. As President Fernández de Kirchner stated in a news conference last week, “the Argentine people never believe in the final word”.

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