Argentina’s head firmly up arse over pending rejection by Falklanders

The shit has hit the fan as Argentina pulled out of talks (just like they pulled out of the Falklands in 1982) with British Foreign Secretary William Hague after the UK Government suggested that the people of the Falkland Islands should be able to take part in the talks and tell them to piss off voice their concerns, but the Argies won’t have a bar of it:

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Hector Timerman has refused to meet representatives of the Falkland Islands government, which Argentina does not recognise as legitimate.

The islanders were expected to tell Mr Timerman that Buenos Aires should respect islanders’ rights and leave them in peace.

Mr Timerman had initially asked for a one-to-one meeting with Mr Hague.

In words bound to raise tensions between the UK and Argentina over the issue Mr Timerman said he was sorry that Mr Hague “can’t meet without the supervision of the colonists from the Malvinas”.

He said that the United Nations regards the dispute over the islands which Argentina knows as the Malvinas as a bilateral issue between Buenos Aires and London.

Mr Timerman invited Mr Hague to meet with him in Buenos Aires, where he said “my fellow foreign ministers can freely meet with whomever they wish without being pressured or having their presence conditioned on meetings that they haven’t asked for and don’t interest them”.

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has in recent years strongly asserted her country’s demands for the Falklands to come under its sovereignty despite the opposition of the islanders.

Earlier this month, she had an advert published in British newspapers claiming that Argentina had been stripped of the islands in “a blatant exercise of 19th century colonialism”.

David Cameron has repeatedly insisted the residents of the Falklands must decide their own future and a referendum on the islands’ political status is to be held in March.

In a statement released before Mr Timerman turned down the meeting, the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands stressed that their representatives, Dick Sawle and Jan Cheek, would not be “negotiating any deal”.

“Rather we are anticipating a full and frank exchange of views,” the assembly said.

“Indeed we look forward to giving Mr Timerman some very direct messages on the unacceptability of Argentina’s actions against the Falkland Islands in recent years.

“We demand that our rights be respected, and that we be left in peace to choose our own future and to develop our country for our children and generations to come.

“It is only right that he should hear this directly from us, as well as from Mr Hague.”

In its statement, the Falklands assembly cited Britain’s opposition to “any negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands unless and until the Falkland Islanders so wish”.

“The Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly believes that the result of the forthcoming referendum will demonstrate definitively that we do not. Should the issue of sovereignty be raised at the meeting, it will not be discussed,” it said.

“Members of the Legislative Assembly made it clear in their letter of 2012 to President Fernandez de Kirchner… that the Falkland Islands Government is willing to meet with the Government of Argentina in order to make our views clear, and to discuss matters of mutual interest including fisheries and communication.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware that Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman is due in the UK next week, and have invited him to come to the Foreign Office to meet the Foreign Secretary and representatives of the UK Government and the Falkland Islands Government.” – source

Argentina should take the hint and walk away for good, as the poll on March 10-11 will clearly demonstrate.

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendan.waugh.7 Brendan Waugh

    Send in the marines. in 1982 when they broke of talks the invaded shortly afterwards.

  • Dr Stoat

    To be fair, the Argentine government is correct in international law and practice on the point that bilateral discussions are solely between the two governments. In fact, it actually weakens the UK position: if the UK genuinely believes it has legitimate possession of the Islands, then there should be no need for a third party to be present to ‘back up’ that assertion. The right to self-determination by the inhabitants of the Islands is a separate issue, between the UK (as the sovereign power) and the Islanders themselves; this should not be allowed to be confused with discussions between two sovereign governments. Regardless of one’s views of the merits of the Argentine claim, to have a non-governmental third party present is quite inappropriate in a government-to-government meeting.

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Grant-Michael-McKenna/681230209 Grant Michael McKenna
    • Travis Poulson

      Yep,this is the main issue, Falklands dispute is just the distraction. They couldn’t afford a war if they wanted to.

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