May 26, 2013
'Argentina doesn't owe the IMF an explanation,' Senator Fernández
Victory Front Senator Aníbal Fernandéz reiterated today the country doesn’t owe the International Monetary Fund (IMF) an explanation over the inflation statistics given out by the INDEC National Statistics Institute.
The INDEC has been under fire for allegedly masking those numbers and for releasing random statistics differing from scholars and independent economic consultants.
“Argentina does not owe the IMF anything and will take its decision as a sovereign country”, the Senator said during an interview at a local TV show.
Fernández also called the IMF “insolent” after its Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she could give Argentina a “red card” if the statistics measurement methods don’t change.
“The President already responded to the arrogant remarks made by the IMF’s head who dared to use a football term to talk about the country”, the congressman explained.
“Nobody, especially her (Lagarde), will tell Argentina what to do.”
The senator also took the opportunity to rejoice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s speech last week at the United Nation’s General Assembly in which she reiterated the country’s sovereignty claim over the Malvinas Islands.
“There is not a single country in the world that recognizes the United Kingdom sovereignty over the Malvinas archipelago but there are a growing number of countries recognizing the Argentine right over it.”
Fernández also commented on the conversations between Argentina and Iran to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 1994’s AMIA bombings by saying the discussions are centered on finding “a common ground for justice.”
“They are trying to move forward to bring to justice the perpetrators of the worst terrorist attack this country has ever seen, a very painful chapter of our history,” he concluded.