BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Maria Estela Peron, leader of the Peronist opposition, has urged trades union leaders to break the "vicious circle" plaguing Argentina's economy.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
JUNE 6 (LOPEZ)
1. SVs INTERIOR Isabel Peron entering room with trade union leaders; crowds singing and chanting. (2 SHOTS) 0.11
2. LVs Trade union leader Alberto Triaca speaking to crowd and introducing Isabel Peron; crowd cheering. (2 SHOTS) 0.25
3. SV ZOOM OUT FROM Isabel Peron TO crowd singing. 0.54
4. SVs Isabel Peron speaking and people listening; Peron is applauded. (7 SHOTS) 1.42
JUNE 7 (ATC 7)
5. GV PAN INTERIOR People seated PAN TO Isabel Peron seated with President Raul Alfonsin, listening to Interior Minister Antonio Trocoli reading 15-point statement. 1.59
6. CU ZOOM OUT TO SV President Alfonsin and Peron. GV Officials listening to Antonio Trocoli. 2.19
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Background: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Maria Estela Peron, leader of the Peronist opposition, has urged trades union leaders to break the "vicious circle" plaguing Argentina's economy. The fifty-three-year-old former President, also known by her stage name, Isabel, arrived in Argentina from her Spanish home on May 20. She came at the invitation of President Raul Alfonsin who asked her to participate in talks on economic reform. According to political sources, inflation is running at more than 500 per cent and the nation has a 43.6 billion dollar foreign debt. In her first public address since returning to Argentina, Isabel Peron spoke before an audience of labour leaders on June 6, calling on them to put aside hatred and grudges and to strive for peace and unity. The Peronists still virtually control the labour movement, in spite of their defeat in the October election. The party forms Argentina's main opposition and political sources say President Raul Alfonsin is anxious for Peronist support in his negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF insists that Argentina implement austerity measures before it will approve rescheduling of the country's foreign debt or grant a medium-term loan of one billion dollars. The President has objected to this, saying austerity measures will lead to further recession. Alfonsin appeared to win the support of the Peronists on June 7, when Isabel Peron and other opposition leaders signed an agreement of national unity with the government. The document, containing fifteen points, follow two weeks of negotiations between the president and opposition groups. Disagreements between Alfonsin's Radical party and the Peronists have been blamed for much of the instability of Argentine governments over the last forty years.
Source: REUTERS - HECTOR LOPEZ AND ATC CHANNEL 7