Filling in for President Mauricio Macri, Vice-President Gabriela Michetti delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday that, among other things, focused on human rights violations, attempted to strengthen Argentina’s global status, and even rejoiced over the “renewed view on the vital and distinct contributions that women must make” towards mending the world’s wounds.
She maintained Argentina’s support for Agenda 2030, which views global poverty as one of the biggest problems facing the world today, and has the goal of ending all poverty and hunger.
Also on the topic of human rights, Michetti said that twelve Latin American states had met recently in Lima to condemn the “break in democratic order and the systematic violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms” that have occurred in Venezuela.
She called for a peaceful solution to the crisis, which has been the general consensus among most of the countries involved (United States President Trump has previously hinted at the possibility of armed intervention, but he seems to have backed off from that threat).
On the topic of the 1994 Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) bombing, Michetti affirmed that Argentina has not stopped investigating the tragic events of that day. She demanded that the international community steps up and pushes Iran (Argentina’s suspected culprit) to fully cooperate in the investigation.
Since Macri took office, Argentina has been making an effort to open its borders and rejoin the world economic market. Highlighting the importance of integrating itself back into these markets, Michetti pointed to Argentina’s decisions to host the eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization next December in Buenos Aires, as well as the G-20 in 2018.
She talked about the Mercosur trade bloc as the best tool that Argentina has at its disposal to revitalize trade and encourage foreign investment.
“We know that in twenty-first century we can not seek the development of our countries alone. Only through deep integration, which strengthen our capacities and resources, can we will lay the foundations necessary for growth.”
Michetti then turned to the South Atlantic, reiterating Argentina’s “legitimate and unyielding sovereign rights on the Malvinas Islands, South Georgias, and South Sandwich Islands, and the surrounding marine areas.”
There has been much conflict between Argentina and Great Britain over the islands, and Michetti vocalized her wishes for them to come back to the table and negotiate terms for a peaceful solution that would place them back under Argentine control.
Underlining the significance of the issue of drug trafficking, she said, “the fight against drug trafficking is yet another of the three axes of our president’s program…In Argentina we are working in this vein to find a consensus which will make it possible for us in our region of Latin America to create an international court against organized crime.”
Before finishing, Michetti took a brief respite from the serious politics of her speech to be a bit poetic.
“Our [work] must, in short, be a work of love. Because justice and
the search for the common good, are manifestations of love in the public sphere.”