Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: “The relationship with Chile is excellent”
Santiago de Chile, September 19, 2010
The president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrived to Chile as part of celebrations for the bicentennial of the independence of the neighboring country, and said that the case of the guerrilla member Galvarino Apablaza Guerra will be solved within the rules of the Argentine legal system.
“I came here to celebrate the bicentennial of Chile, regardless of the situation that occurred a long time ago, because Apablaza is in the country since 1993 and there were requests done to all governments,” the president said at a press conference referring to the case Apablaza Guerra, who is charged with the murder of a Chilean senator and the kidnapping of an industrialist in 1991.
So she denied any conflict in bilateral relations of Argentina and Chile, and stressed that “it is excellent, as always, because I believe that we are also very respectful of the sovereignty of each country, which reflects the respect for the law that both countries have”.
Cristina added that “one of the foundations we have laid with all the leaders in the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) was to respect not only the identities of every government, but the laws of the countries, and to achieve this you don’t have to be a member of the UNASUR.
The leaders met on Saturday at 9.12 pm at the Palacio de la Moneda for about 35 minutes. They then headed to the National Stadium of Santiago, in the neighborhood of Ñuñoa, to participate in the great celebration of the Chilean bicentennial.
On the other hand, Gustavo Gene, the lawyer appointed by the Chilean government to the case said: “we send Apablaza not condemn him, but to allow the start of the trial in Chile.”
“Throughout the time there was a continuing interest in obtaining the extradition of Apablaza. I know that there were not only carried out the relevant legal steps, but also the political efforts of the authorities of the Coalition and the executive in charge of Piñera” added the lawyer.