Malvinas Islands in the Spotlight at UN

Fernandez to call out UK on noncompliance with UN resolutions

Xelcis Presno

United Nations, June 13 (RHC) — The UN Special Committee on Decolonization will discuss Argentina’s claim of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands on Thursday, with the participation of the president of that South American nation, Cristina Fernandez.

The Argentinean president’s presence at the meeting of the UN committee confirms the strong position of her government in its demand to resume negotiations with London over the disputed islands, as required by dozens of resolutions adopted by various UN agencies.

President Fernandez’s participation in Thursday´s session also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the end of the Malvinas War fought by Argentina and the United Kingdom, in which 649 Argentineans and 255 British were killed.

In a related development, legislators of Argentina’s ruling coalition have categorically rejected a referendum on the Malvinas’ political status called for 2013 by the Malvinas Islands elected government.

The ruling coalition has called the move “a media stunt” to distract attention from President Fernandez´s speech before the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, the local media reported.

Interviewed by a Buenos Aires radio station, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Argentina’s Lower House, Guillermo Carmona, said the referendum, announced just two days before the anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict, “did not comply with international law” and has the sole interest of distracting the media as “we travel with the president to New York on Wednesday.”

On Thursday for the first time ever, a head of state, President Cristina Fernandez, will formally request before the UN Committee on Decolonization that the UK complies with UN Resolution 2065, which calls on both sides to open negotiations to settle the conflict of the Malvinas sovereignty.

Argentinian President, Falklands Capture Interest at UN

Prensa Latina

United Nations, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) UN political circles on Thursday will focus on Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, who will attend here a session of the Decolonization Committee on the issue of the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands.

Fernandez’s participation in that meeting is the most outstanding item of today’s agenda at the UN headquarters in New York.

According to diplomatic sources, Organization of American States general secretary Jose Miguel Insulza, and top representatives from the Chilean and Brazilian Ministries of Foreign Affairs are also possible to attend the meeting.

According to the agenda, the Argentinian head of State will be welcomed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, shortly before attending the Decolonization Committee session in the afternoon.

Fernandez will ratify at that organization her country’s sovereignty claim over the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands, occupied by the United Kingdom since 1833 and scene of a war that ended on June 15, 1982. As a result of which 649 Argentinean and 255 British soldiers were killed.

Fernandez’s presence at the UN takes place after the British government announced a so-called referendum in the Falklands (Malvinas), so its 3,000 inhabitants decide in 2013 about its sovereignty to London or Buenos Aires.

The Albion maneuver was responded at a release from the Argentinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that insists in the United Kingdom’s obligation to begin negotiations on the Falklands (Malvinas), as dozens of UN agreements establish.

During her stay here, Fernandez will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs hector Timerman, ambassador in the United States Jose Argüello, former Falkland combatants and relatives, governors, and legislators.

Also see:
Argentina’s President Fights Modern Day Colonialism


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