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Argentina

Waging Peace

Between April 1997 and March 1998, at the urging of the Carter Center's Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas, 28 current heads of government and 14 former heads of government signed a written pledge to accept a moratorium of two years on purchasing sophisticated weapons. Argentina's President Raúl Alfonsín was among them.

+Exploring a Hemispheric Agenda

Carter Center representatives met with officials in Argentina as part of a fact-finding tour in January 1997 to prepare for the April consultation "Agenda for the Americas for the 21st Century." The delegation included former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; Rosalynn Carter; the late Dr. Robert Pastor, then director of the Center's Americas Program; and Dr. Jennifer McCoy of the Americas Program. Meetings were held with Argentina President Carlos Menem and other government officials. The mission, which included stops in Brazil, Chile, and Jamaica, helped to set the agenda for discussions at the April 1997 consultation.

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QUICK FACTS: ARGENTINA

Size: 2,780,400 square kilometers


Population: 43,024,374


Population below poverty line: 30 percent


Life expectancy: 77 years


Ethnic groups: white (mostly Spanish and Italian), mestizo; Amerindian; other nonwhite groups


Religions: nominally Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, others


Languages: Spanish (official), English, Italian, German, French, indigenous (Mapudungun, Quechua)

Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2015

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