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Argentina?s cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich talks speaks at a press conference on July 30, 2014Argentina?s cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich talks speaks at a press conference on July 30, 2014

Argentina?s cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich talks speaks at a press conference on July 30, 2014Argentina?s cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich talks speaks at a press conference on July 30, 2014

Argentina said it does not expect to resolve the legal battle that forced it into default at a hearing Friday called by US District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York.

"We cannot have favorable expectations because he has always had a biased view" of a dispute between Buenos Aires and two US hedge funds, Argentine cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich told reporters.

In partial default since Wednesday, Argentina can, however, hope to clinch an agreement with two US hedge funds that have refused to accept a write-down on their Argentine bonds and international banks that have proposed to repurchase the $1.3 billion debt.

Argentine officials and representatives from Aurelius and NML Capital are expected at the court hearing at 11:00 am (1500 GMT).

Capitanich said the hearing would focus on details of the "payment process," referring to the $539 million payment Buenos Aires made on June 26 to restructured debt holders.

That payment has been in limbo as Griesa halted the disbursement of those funds by a US bank, saying Argentina must first settle its debt with the so-called "vulture funds."

Date created : 2014-08-01