Argentina moves to drop U.S. appeal over local bond payments

lunes 22 de febrero de 2016 12:16 GYT

NEW YORK Feb 22 (Reuters) - Argentina on Monday moved to drop its appeal of a U.S. judge's ruling that blocked Citigroup Inc last year from processing interest payments to holders of $2.3 billion in bonds issued under the country's local laws.

A federal appeals court in New York had been set to hear the case on Wednesday. But in court papers, Argentina's lawyers said recently elected President Mauricio Macri's administration had decided not to pursue the appeal.

The motion came after U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa on Friday signaled his willingness to lift injunctions placed on debt payments owed to creditors that participated in past restructurings after the country's $100 billion default in 2002.

Argentina earlier this month proposed paying $6.5 billion to resolve litigation with creditors that did not participate in those 2005 and 2010 restructurings and had been suing for payment on defaulted bonds.

A key lawmaker and analysts said on Monday that Argentina's Congress was likely to repeal two laws that have blocked it from settling the litigation, which has hobbled the country's finances. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)