Peña hopes that Argentina pays its debt for Yacyretá so as not to stop selling energy

Peña hopes that Argentina pays its debt for Yacyretá so as not to stop selling energy
Peña hopes that Argentina pays its debt for Yacyretá so as not to stop selling energy

Asunción, May 12 (EFECOM).- The president of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, assured this Sunday that he hopes that the debt that Paraguay claims from Argentina in the shared Yacyretá hydroelectric plant will be resolved so as not to have to stop selling energy to the neighboring country. .

In an interview on the Telefuturo channel, Peña highlighted that the plan to reduce public spending and the fiscal deficit carried out by the Argentine president, Javier Milei, a strategy that seems “correct” to him, is finally “affecting” Paraguay.

“If it is not resolved (…) we will begin to use the energy ourselves. Between selling and not charging and using it ourselves, it seems much better to us that we can use it ourselves,” stated the president, who specified that if it is resolved taking that measure will be a “decision of no return.”

In that sense, he pointed out that if Argentina later improved its economic situation and wanted to buy again, the country would not be able to, since the National Energy Administration of Paraguay (Ande) would already be embarking on offering energy in the medium and long term.

Likewise, the president said that, if this scenario comes to fruition, it will probably happen that the energy will be sold to the Brazilian market.

“We are raising our voice and hoping that it can be corrected,” said the head of state, who recalled that in the three visits he has made to President Milei they addressed the issue of debt, in meetings where Peña has expressed his understanding of the crisis situation. from the neighboring country.

Due to the non-payment situation, Peña also assured that Yacyretá is “a complicated situation” and that the president of this Binational Entity, Luis Benítez, “is juggling.”

The Yacyretá Binational Entity on the Argentine side owes the Paraguayan Treasury about 123 million dollars for the transfer of energy and another 85 million for operating expenses to the Paraguayan side of the same entity, according to the Government of Paraguay. EFECOM

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