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Fall 2010 The Ambassadors REVIEW 38 United States-Argentina: Two Hundred Years of Shared History Vilma S. Martinez United States Ambassador to Argentina rgentina’s commemoration this year of the bicentennial of its path to independence provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the evolution of the relationship between our two countries, and, to focus on ways that we can strengthen the bonds between our peoples and to deepen our strategic partnership. As Secretary Clinton recently noted, “Argentina and the United States have a long history of close cooperation. Our shared commitment to the values of democracy and human rights serve as a common ground in advancing the bilateral relationship between our two nations.” Reflecting the strong will of its own people upon the return of democracy after a period of military dictatorship, successive Argentine governments have made the defense of human rights at home and abroad important guiding values of Argentine policy. The current administration, led by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has vigorously embraced that tradition by focusing on accountability for crimes committed during the dictatorship, as well as with ground-breaking new initiatives. In July, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to pass a law granting the same rights to same-sex couples as enjoyed by heterosexual couples under the law, including the right to marry and adopt children. Argentina also has committed itself to an active policy of supporting peace efforts and humanitarian challenges, especially in the region. It currently has nearly 600 peacekeeping troops in Haiti in support of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti this past January, the Argentine hospital in Port-au-Prince was the only health care facility that remained operational, providing medical treatment to thousands of Haitians. Since the 2001-2002 economic crisis, Argentina’s economy has rebounded and
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