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Kicillof asks Milei for details about the US military patrol agreement

It demands a copy of the administrative background and documentation that gave rise to the memorandum without the participation of Congress or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

17 de March de 2024 12:21

A river route that involves Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, and within the latter to the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, Misiones and Santa Fe.

In the government of the province of Buenos Aires, alarms went off after the memorandum of understanding between the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the General Administration of Ports (AGP) of Argentina.

This Friday, the Minister of Government, Carlos Bianco , made a request for access to information so that the AGP explains what it consists of and what are the scope of the agreement that will take engineers from the United States to that strategic enclave for Argentina and the countries region of.

The United States Congress last year authorized US engineers to work on navigation issues, natural disasters and other tasks, but with the backdrop of monitoring and avoiding the presence of China.

As LPO had anticipated, the Paraguayan government always had the intention of adding engineers from the US military forces to finish the Paraguayan section of the maritime route. However, it ran into resistance from the opposition and the provinces of Norte Grande that They described the move as a violation of sovereignty since the move did not have the authorization of either Congress.

As it turned out, the memorandum of understanding has the signature of the Secretary of State Companies and Companies of the Chief of Staff of the Nation, Mauricio González Botto ; from the United States Ambassador, Marc Stanley ; of the AGP auditor, Gastón Benvenuto and of the representative of the United States Corps of Engineers for Latin America, Adriel McConnell.

The Kicillof government bases its right to have information about what happens in the Waterway since the province of Buenos Aires is a member of the Council of the National Entity for Control and Management of the Navigable Waterway. The provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, Misiones and Santa Fe also sit on that council.

This entity - Bianco argued in the request for information to which LPO was able to have access - has the mission of ensuring the adequate provision of services, the protection of users, the protection of public domain assets of the National State and compliance with laws. , regulations and contractual frameworks of the trunk waterway.

The Government Minister considered that the agreement between the AGP and the United States Army "could have direct effects" on the people of Buenos Aires and on the management that the provincial government carries out in the navigable waterway.

For this reason, the Kicillof government He demanded from the national government a copy of the administrative background and documentation that had given rise to the memorandum. Copy of the memorandum in question. Copy of any agreement or commitment assumed between both institutions that were the result of the signing of the memorandum of understanding.And finally, detailed information about the officials who participated in the negotiation and signing of the memorandum.

In parallel, there were also movements on the issue in the Buenos Aires Legislature.

By Agenda Malvinas

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