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Argentina to reform military agreements with U.S.
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11:20, September 10, 2009

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Argentina's Defense Minister Nilda Garre said Wednesday that her country would reform the existing military agreements with the United States.

Previous U.S.-Argentina military agreements were signed in 1953, 1960 and 1964.

During her visit to Washington, Garre said she was pleased to agree with her U.S. counterpart Robert Gates "to tackle the reform and the main cooperation agreements that are currently in force."

Much of the existing agreements "grow out of concepts associated with the Cold War," Garre observed. The new agreements would focus on more current concerns like terrorism and drug trafficking, she added.

Earlier this year, Argentina formally declared itself no longer automatically aligned with the United States and asked it to remove its military mission from the Argentine Defense Ministry Building.

Garre repeated that Argentina's defense policies would continue to adhere to its existing guidelines, which support democracy, human rights, self-determination for all peoples, international law and a multilateral system.

Argentina would continue to provide troops to the United Nations stabilization missions in Cyprus and Haiti. It also plans to join the Latin American Peace Operations Associations and create a joint peacekeeping force with Chile, which is called the "Southern Cross," the defense minister said.

Source: Xinhua

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