Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the UN

21 Sep

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrived in New York yesterday for meetings with heads of business prior to her speech to the United Nations General Assembly today.

Scheduled to make the seventh speech of the General Assembly meeting, the President is expected to level new claims at the United Kingdom for their failure to sit down with Argentina to discuss the future of the Falkland  Islands and over the continued unilateral development of oil reserves around the Islands.

Argentina hopes that it can induce the United Nations to step in as a mediator even though the British Government has clearly stated that no discussion can take place without the authority of the Falkland Islanders. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has recently reinforced Britain’s committment to the Islanders and underlined the Islanders’ right to determine their own future.

Fernández de Kirchner will also speak about Argentina’s demand to Iran for the extradition of eight former Iran officials accused of involvement in a terrorist attack on the Jewish Community Centre in Buenos Aires in 1994.

The Fourth Committee of the UN is due to make its annual consideration of the Falkland Islands’ status as a Non-Self Governing Territory under the UN’s Charter in its sessions next month.

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