The Timerman Times

15 Jan

In an opinion editorial published Saturday in London’s The Times newspaper, Argentina’s Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, criticised Britain for refusing to negotiate over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. The Foreign Minister said that there; “is no space for rejecting dialogue.”

Claiming that his country has; ” committed itself  to reach a peaceful resolution that respects the way of life of the islanders,” in spite of the economic blockade that now seems to be in place around the Islands, Timerman added; “Both Argentina are Britain are democracies, the quality of which in nowadays measured by their capacity for dialogue and negotiation for solving disputes.”

With a new round of oil exploration due to commence in water around the Falklands; the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War and a Royal visit as part of the Queen’s Jubillee celebrations, 2012 is likely to see a dramatic increase in rhetoric about the archipelago.

Argentina claims that it inherited the Islands from Spain when it declared independence in 1816. There is no mention that Spain continued its own claim until 1863, or that Britain’s claim goes back to at least 1766. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has made it very clear that his Government will never discuss sovereignty without the express wish of the Falkland Islanders.

Argentina has recently persuaded its neighbouring countries not to allow Falklands flagged vessels into their ports.

 

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