MR. BLACKMAN: Thank you, your Honor. Jonathan
2 Blackman representing the Republic of Argentina.
3 As always, we appreciate what you have said. It will
4 certainly, as the court's earlier statements have been, be
5 conveyed to our client.
6 I have to say a couple of things.
7 One, the ad that the court referred to or the press
8 statements that the court referred to have not been prepared by
9 my firm, by me, by anyone associated with us, and we knew
10 nothing about them until I read them, probably the same time
11 your Honor did, in the New York Times yesterday. In fact, I
12 read them later because it wasn't until this hearing was
13 scheduled that I got to that page of the paper in my office as
14 a result of the hearing being scheduled.
15 I say that because the court needs to understand that
16 the Republic of Argentina is a state. The court knows that.
17 THE COURT: Is what?
18 MR. BLACKMAN: Is a state. A state takes positions,
19 makes decisions. They are not necessarily legal decisions.
20 They are decisions that are made without their lawyers. This
21 is a statement of its position, for better or worse, and I
22 can't say more than that.