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CFK: ‘defend the national sovereignty’

The President yesterday inaugurating a swimming pool at El Calafate.
The President yesterday inaugurating a swimming pool at El Calafate.
The President yesterday inaugurating a swimming pool at El Calafate.
Amid the diplomatic altercation over the cargo of the US military aircraft, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner yesterday called on all Argentines to “defend the national sovereignty” and the “interests of the people.”

The President stated, in what was read as a covert reference to the episode, that during the last eight years of Kirchnerite government, since her late husband Néstor Kirchner took power in 2003, “we have demonstrated that we can take our own decisions,” without the intervention of foreign countries.

Fernández de Kirchner asked her fellow-citizens to “think of Argentina, think of your country because national defence cannot have political colours or flags,” during a ceremony held to commemorate the 134th anniversary of the baptism of the Argentine Lake in El Calafate, in Santa Cruz province.

“Do you know that perhaps the most important thing in these last eight years since Néstor (Kirchner) took up the presidency of the republic until now? That the decisions taken by the President are taken in Government House,” she told those gathered at the ceremony.

The head of state said that it was not necessary that all Argentines think the same but that “we simply have the intellectual honesty during arguments, and, above all else, we always defend the interests of the nation and the people, because this is the true national and popular sovereignty.”

In these last years, she repeated, “we have clearly demonstrated that another model of country is possible, from economic development, social inclusion, national sovereignty and taking part in the world but on our terms.”

During her official visit to El Calafate, where she usually spends her weekends, she also inaugurated the Néstor Kirchner coastal drive and a swimming-pool.
Herald staff with news agencies
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