Ambassador from Argentina: Who Is Jorge Argüello?

Thursday, February 09, 2012

As Argentina grows more vocal in its criticism of British plans to drill for oil in the waters around the disputed Falklands Islands (called by Argentines the Islas Malvinas), the South American nation has sent a new ambassador to the U.S. who is well known for his advocacy of Argentina’s claims to the islands over which Argentina and the U.K. fought a brief war in 1982. Jorge Argüello is a politician and former representative to the United Nations who attended high school in the U.S. and is also well known internationally for his support for measures to reverse global warming. 

Born on April 20, 1956, in Cordoba, Argentina, Argüello soon moved with his family to Neuquen Province, where he lived until attending high school at Rochester Community High School in Rochester, Indiana, from which he graduated in 1974. Argüello returned to Argentina to earn a Law degree at the University of Buenos Aires in 1985 and later a Master’s degree in public administration at the University of San Andrés.
Early on, Argüello became involved in Peronism, a left-of-center populist Argentine political movement, and was elected in 1987 to the Buenos Aires City Council and then to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies, where he served from 1991 to 1995. In 1994, Argüello served as host organizer of the first official visit to Argentina of a British Parliamentary delegation since the Falklands War of 1982, and later represented Latin America in the 1994-95 meeting of the organization Parliamentarians for Global Action.
Leaving the Chamber of Deputies after one term, Argüello was elected to the 1996 convention to amend the Constitution of the City of Buenos Aires, and served as president of the Peronist bloc during the convention. In 1997, Argüello was elected to the newly-created Legislative Assembly of the City of Buenos Aires, where he served two three-year terms, from December 4, 1997 to December 10, 2003. Elected again to the Chamber of Deputies, Argüello served from December 10, 2003 to June 18, 2007, becoming chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in 2005 and organizing the office of the Parliamentary Observer for the Falkland Islands. Argüello also served as Vice President of the Peace and Security Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 2006 and 2007.
Perhaps in recognition of Argüello’s work on the Falklands issue, Argentine President Nestor Kirchner appointed Argüello Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations in June 2007. At the U.N., Argüello continued to press Argentine claims to the Falklands, and created controversy in 2011 by contending that the British government had exempted the territory from austerity-driven budget cuts to prevent emigration to Argentina, which was not cutting its budget. British officials denied this claim.
Argüello was appointed chairman of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization in 2008, and of the Group of 77 for their 2011 session. His tenure was highlighted by his support for the Kyoto Protocol for reducing global warming. President Cristina Kirchner named him ambassador to the United States in November 2011, and he presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on January 18, 2012.
Argüello is married to journalist Erika Grinberg and has four children.
-Matt Bewig


marcelo orosco 5 years ago
Jorge Arguello was part of a group of politicians who were all corrupt during the times in which Menem was the president of Argentina. Here you have some names (Carlos Grosso) He was plagued by allegations of corruption while he served as mayor under Carlos Menem, the former president.(Manzano)los argentinos lo consideraba “un político corrupto”. Había dejado de ser “Chupete”, el sobrenombre que denotaba su juventud. Y tenía varias causas judiciales que quedaron en la nada : coacción y asociación ilícita iniciada por el coronel Mohamed Alí Seineldín; el famoso caso de la Tangente (coimas) italiana lo involucró con presuntas maniobras irregulares en Petroquímica Bahía Blanca y en las licitaciones por el DIGI II (ENTel) y el río Matanza, entre otros procesos por presunto enriquecimiento ilícito. En Estados Unidos vivió en California, estudió en la Universidad de San Diego y alimentó un aura de “exilio” que nunca fue tal. Estudió inglés y las internas de la política norteamericana. En 1994 vivió en Washington; se vinculó a los republicanos y estableció alianza comercial con Jorge Mas Canosa, un anticastrista recalcitrante que, sospechan sobre todo en Cuba, estuvo al frente de varios intentos por asesinar a Fidel Castro. Arguello of course he will never mention enrichment illicit and prostitution during the 80's and 90's . During the 80's was the president of the Consejo Deliberante in which he did all kind of illicit activities under the table in particular with the Citibank!!I have to mention that after another scandal he was move to Portugal as Ambassador cuss of his behavior at the UN.

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