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Argentina seeks better terms for US$10b of defaulted debt

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Argentine Finance Minister Alfonso de Prat-Gay says the country is in a position to negotiate better terms for US$10 billion in defaulted debt.

The government began talks last Wednesday with so-called hold-out creditors in New York in hopes of getting what it describes as "fairer" terms. Prat-Gay says Argentina's main objective is to reduce punitive interest rates on part of the debt.

The hold-outs are a group of funds refusing to accept the terms of Argentina's debt restructurings in 2005 and 2010. They sued the country and won the right to recover the debt in full.

Prat-Gay says the interest awarded by a U.S. judge "is extremely high" and, in one case, a fund that invested US$1 million could get 10 times that amount.

Argentina defaulted on US$100 billion in 2001.

- AP