Fourth Committee to Consider the Falkland Islands

2 Oct

Tomorrow, Monday 3rd October, the Fourth Committee of the United Nations’ General Assembly reconvenes to consider this year’s work by, amongst others, the Special Committee on Declonisation (C24).

As in most previous years, the C24 is paying particular attention to the Falkland Islands and is presenting a ‘Draft Resolution’ for the Fourth Committee to consider.

This annual submission includes sections such as “ Aware of the interest of the international community in the resumption by the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of their negotiations in order to find as soon as possible a peaceful, just and lasting solution to the sovereignty dispute relating to the question of the Falkland Islands,” and ” Reaffirming the need for the parties to take due account of the interests of the population of the islands in accordance with the provisions of the General Assembly resolutions on the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas),” before demanding that the Government of the United kingdom enters into negotiations with Argentina on the issue of sovereignty.

The United Kingdom’s position is that negotiations are only possible if the Falkland Islanders wish it. In a display of linguistic athletics, Argentina repeats the mantra that ‘wishes’ are not the same as ‘interests’.

This annual merry-go-round has been going on since the United Nations’ last General Assembly Resolution in 1988. Next week will tell if, after 23 years of trying, Argentina’s supporters on the C24 finally manage to get it another Resolution.



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