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Title: MEDIA REACTION; WASHINGTON-TEHRAN DISCUSSIONS; BIO-FUELS

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; WASHINGTON-TEHRAN DISCUSSIONS; BIO-FUELS 
DEBATE; CHAVEZ AND TECHINT; 05/15/07; BUENOS AIRES 
 
¶1. SUMMARY STATEMENT 
 
Key international stories today include the upcoming meeting between 
US and Iranian delegations to discuss Iraq; an opinion on the 
bio-fuels debate; and the upcoming meeting between Venezuelan 
President Hugo Chavez and Paolo Rocca, head of the Techint group, 
which has been named in connection with the Skanska corruption 
scandal in Argentina. 
 
¶2. OPINION PIECES AND EDITORIALS 
 
- "Iran's contribution could prove crucial for the region" 
 
Leading "Clarin" carries an opinion piece by its international 
analyst Oscar Raul Cardoso, who opines (05/15) "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 
confirmed yesterday that Iranian and US delegates will soon meet in 
order to discuss ways to cooperate to solve (or at least soften) the 
bloody chaos in Iraq. The Iranian regime has close ties to the Iraqi 
Shiite majority and has long been accused by Washington of 
supporting insurgents against the US-UK occupation. 
 
"... The impossible mission of establishing some kind of dialogue 
with insurgents or obtaining the people's support has condemned 
occupying forces to live in a boiler, something that makes any kind 
of contribution, particularly that from Iran, indispensable. 
 
"Yesterday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced 
that Iran (appears to have) solved most of its technological 
problems related to uranium enrichment. According to the IAEA, more 
than 1,300 centrifuge plants are operating in the Natanz facilities, 
which makes more believable that uranium enrichment could soon reach 
an industrial scale. 
 
"The UN imposed two different kinds of sanctions on Iran due to this 
issue (both of them, promoted by Washington), but some other 
countries, such as Russia and France believe that this policy of 
attempting to put a brake on the Iranian nuclear program does not 
make any sense. What follows in this story is open to all kinds of 
speculation." 
 
- "The false controversy on bio-fuels" 
 
Business-financial "El Cronista" carries an opinion piece by Andres 
¶R. Alcaraz, businessman and journalist expert in economics and 
business, who penned (05/15) "Out of all the current world 
controversies, the one sparked by bio-fuels... swiftly became one of 
the stellar controversies, which is as fervent and ideology-driven 
as it is bizarre and insignificant. 
 
"... If the world depended on one or another source of energy 
exclusively, the outcome would be world inflation because their 
prices would rise much more than we have seen so far. And this would 
imply much more suffering - the world economy would not be able to 
avoid a tsunami of recession. Inflation is the constraint because it 
makes everyone lose. Therefore, neither fossil fuels nor bio-fuels 
will completely disappear from the energy matrix simply because ... 
There are no longer strategic fools these days." 
 
- "Techint expects more demands from Chavez" 
 
Alejandro Bianchi and Horacio Riggi, economic columnists of 
business-financial "El Cronista," write (05/15) "When Paolo Rocca, 
President of the Techint group, arrived in Caracas, he knew that 
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez... was not only going to ask him to 
lower the price of iron paid by the conglomerate or to increase the 
local supply of steel and seamless tubes. 
 
"Bearing much pressure from the strongest trade union in the 
country, which is asking for the nationalization of Sidor (the 
Techint-controlled steel company), both parties intend to reach a 
deal that will not entail a re-nationalization but that will include 
much broader improvement measures, which will include labor 
conditions. 
 
"... The Argentine Government takes it for granted that the issue 
will be solved and is confident that Chavez will honor his word. 
However, members of the government say that Chavez will take the 
occasion to ask for additional and improved conditions not to 
continue with his nationalization raid, such as improved labor 
standards for Sidor employees, whose powerful trade union (Sutiss) 
asked Chavez in writing for the nationalization (of the company)." 
 
To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our 
classified website at: 
http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires 
 
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