The Commercial Appeal
Parties fight over Columbus statue
BUENOS AIRES — Workers with cranes have taken down a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus in Argentina’s capital for restoration.
The engineer in charge of the operation, Juan Arriegue, says the statue of the Italian explorer will be stored beneath its pedestal behind the Government House.
The statue has become a political flashpoint between the leftist government of President Cristina Fernandez and conservative Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri.
Fernandez’s government sought to have the statue moved and replaced by a statue of guerrilla leader Juana Azurduy donated by Bolivia.
Diplomacy: U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry, engaged in breakneck shuttle diplomacy to coax Israel and the Palestinians back into peace talks, is flying to the West Bank on Sunday to have a third meeting in as many days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. That was seen as a sign that Kerry might believe there is a chance of bringing the two sides together.