Argentina at the I.P.U.

27 Oct

At the 125th meeting of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Berne Switzerland, Argentina proposed an ‘urgent’ motion, to be considered as a discussion point at next year’s meeting.

Argentina’s motion calls for a debate on whether countries which have been invaded by military forces should have their natural resources exploited by the invaders. The proposers,  Juan Carlos Romero, Sonia Escudero and Ruben Giustiniani, all Federal Senators, pushed the motion forward by claiming that the topic directly related to the Falkland Islands.

This followed a call at the last IPU meeting in Panama when the Argentine delegation also raised the issue of oil exploration around the Islands. Recent complaints from Argentina have included an accusation that the United Kingdon is stealing its fish.

Exploitation by the Falkland Islanders of their own natural resources is full protected by United Nations Resolutions.

The Falkland Islands Constitution of 2009 states; ” .. all peoples have the right to self-determination and by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development and may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic cooperation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit and international law; (b) the realisation of the right of self-determination must be promoted and respected in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations;… “

The IPU describes itself as an international organisation of Parliaments, founded in 1889, and which works for the firm establishment of representative democracy.

The next IPU meeting is scheduled to take place in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 March to 5 April 2012.



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