U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Buenos Aires Thursday where he announced plans to deliver to President Mauricio Macri the first batch of declassified documents from U.S. military and intelligence agencies related to Argentina’s U.S.-backed "Dirty War."
President Barack Obama announced in March when he met with Macri that his government would declassify secret military and intelligence documents about the 1976 coup that installed right-wing military rule.
In an era when Cold War thinking often pushed Washingtonto support repressive right-wing dictatorships in South America, the United States initially backed the 1976-1983 dictatorship, during which as many as 30,000 people were killed.
Meanwhile during a press conference on Thursday, Secretary Kerry praised the country’s new economic model saying, “I am 100 percent confident, as is President Obama, that Argentina is on the right course. People need to be patient."
The austerity policies of Argentine President Mauricio Macri has come under fire in recent months, as the country has seen skyrocketing prices of basic services, a wave of mass layoffs in the public and private sector and record levels of inflation.
The month of June alone say nearly 12,000 total layoffs — 2,448 in the public sector and 9,273 in the private sector — representing a 7 percent increase compared to a year ago in the month of May, according to data from Argentina’s Center for Political Economy known as CEPA.
Unemployment has emerged as the number one worry among Argentines in recent polls, surpassing public concerns about corruption and inflation
During his official visit to Argentina, Secretary Kerry is also set to meet with his Argentine counterpart Susana Malcorra to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues, including the domestic affairs of Venezuela.
From Buenos Aires, Kerry will travel to Brazil where he will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday.