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Nobel peace laureate Esquivel asks Obama to admit US complicity with 1976 Argentine coup

Argentine Nobel peace laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel asked US President Barack Obama today to acknowledge the complicity Washington had “with the coup d’états in the past and the present of the region” when he visits Argentina this month.

“You will come to my country on the same day of the 40° anniversary of the last genocide dictatorship (March 24) and in the year our national independence turns 200 years. Certainly you cannot be ignorant of your country’s numerous pending debts with ours and with many others,” Pérez Esquivel wrote in a letter he sent to several online media.

Obama is set to visit Argentina on March 23 and 24 after making a historic visit to Cuba.

"In 1976, while you were only 14 years old and your country celebrated two centuries of its independence, we started the most tragic period of our history, with the instauration of a state terrorism that subjected our people to persecution, torture, death and disappearances to take away from them their right to freedom, independence and sovereignty,” he added.

In his letter, Pérez Esquivel admitted Obama has differentiated from his predecessors but if he comes to impose free trade agreements or to back the demands of speculative funds “most of the Argentines will read his visit as a provocation.”

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