December 18, 2014
Duhalde says gov't did ok to pay, questions US justices' independence
Usually a fierce critic of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration, former president Eduardo Duhalde praised the government’s decision to pay bondholders and questioned the judicial system of the United States. Justices there, he said, may be “independent” from the White House “but not from financial sectors.”
“The whole story about what happened and what was not done must be left aside because we are facing a crisis. The government did right to deposit what it deposited in New York even knowing that (those funds) could be seized. If the payment is seized, it puts Argentina in a better situation,” Duhalde told reporters this morning adding “it would not be logic” that Argentina’s political leadership did not back the government’s position in its billionaire dispute with vulture funds.
“The (US) justice and particularly Judge (Thomas Griesa) are independent from (Barack) Obama but not from financial sectors,” the also ex governor of the province of Buenos Aires affirmed.
“It is embarrassing because it’s always the same song. Could you picture Paraguay condemning the United States for what it has done in Iraq?” Eduardo Duhalde wondered saying it is countries duty to resolve such “difficult” problems.