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    Argentina's former President Dr. Hector Campora, has said there is no chance of a military?

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    SV INT Campore talking to Visnews reporter

    CU Campora interviewed in Spanish

    QUESTION: "Doesn't President Peron's present government fear an eventual military coup?"

    ANSWER: "We -- Mr. Antonio Halik -- aspire that all the people of the world have the final world in their auto-determination. This is the aspiration -- as it has been for 18 years the aspiration of the Argentine people, and which was crystallised with full authenticity of due process on September 23rd this year. As to whether there could be a military coup in Argentina -- I would beg you to accept that this would be impossible. First - because the decision of the people at the polls recently was massive. In fact, one can say that the Presidency of General Peron is exempt of deposition; and, secondly, because the armed Forces, understanding the process are trying to conjugates with the people to whom they belong and to whom they own their sustenance and livelihood. That is why I believed that General Peron will pull together the Argentine Armed Forces and the people -- and this will avoid in a definite way, any military coups in Argentina."

    QUESTION: "The world is divided into two parts -- with which side does President Person's Government sympathies: with the Arab world or Israeli world?"

    ANSWER: "You already know, Mr. Antonio Halik, as someone who knows Argentina, that the Justicialismo and the Government which represents it in the exercise of Government and power, never takes sides, or joins with sectors. First and foremost it wants the unity of the Argentine people and national reconstruction -- as it also aspires for the unity of the world and world reconstruction, above all for all those areas to live in spiritual unity and permanent and eternal peace so as to enlarge the world, and make happy all the peoples of the world."

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    Background: Argentina's former President Dr. Hector Campora, has said there is no chance of a military coup against the Government of General Juan Person.

    Dr. Campora, recently appointed Argentina's Ambassador to Mexico, was speaking after presenting his credentials to President Luis Echeverria in Mexico City, on thursday (December 20).

    In July, after only seven weeks in the nation's highest office, Dr. Campora resigned as President of Argentina to clear the way for the election of General Juan Peron who returned after 17 years in exile.

    Dr. Campora said the overwhelming vote of support in the Presidential election in September showed that General Peron was exempt from being deposed. He said General Peron would unite the people of Argentina--including the Armed Forces -- and so avoid any chance of a military coup.

    Dr. Campora said Argentina took no sides in the Middle East crisis. He said General Peron was concentrating on national unity and reconstruction, and wanted to see the world united and at peace.

    Dr. Campora gave this exclusive interview to Antonio Halik of Visnews. A translation follows:

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