General Juan Peron, the former Argentine President, is continuing his campaign to restore peace and stability to the country.
General Juan Peron, the former Argentine President, is continuing his campaign to restore peace and stability to the country. His return home on 20th June after 18 years abroad, provoked a gun battle among the crowd of welcomers that left at least 35 dead and 300 injured.
He has called on all members of his Justicialist party to work together for a constructive peace, and has warned "infiltrators" against trying to "take over" the Peronist movement. It is an open secret that by "infiltrators", he means the guerrilla groups who are nominally Peronist but are more radically socialist than orthodox Peronists.
On Sunday 25th June General Peron had a surprise two-hour meeting with the Opposition leader, Ricardo Balbin. There is speculation that the talks were aimed at securing a political truce. Senor Balbin, Presidential candidate for the Radical Civic Union Party, was defeated at last month's elections by the Peronist candidate Dr. Hector Campora - now President.
The talks were held in Congress - the first time General Peron had entered the parliament building since he was overthrown in a military coup in 1955. The meeting is a further indication that the 77-year old General is assuming effective control of Argentina, fulfilling the election slogan "Campora to government, Peron to power."