Bull and Bluster

10 Feb

Cuba’s information ministry is claiming that the British Government has plans to increase the number of troops in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands and has put into place contingency arrangements for the rapid deployment of troops via Ascension Island. The Cuban site Granma International also reports that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is behind the military escalation.

At the same time, Telam, the official voice of Argentina, has announced that its Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, will meet with the President of the United Nations security Council today.

Acting on instructions from Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the release states; ” Timerman will meet this Friday with Ambassador Kodjo Menan, President of the Security Council of the United Nations, and shall present to him the Argentine claim against the militarization that the United Kingdom is displaying in the Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic”.

Minister Timerman is also expected to complain to the President of the U.N. General Assembly, Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and to the U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon; “on the violations by the United Kingdom of the almost 40 United Nations resolutions that called for a dialogue between that country and Argentina, to settle peacefully the conflict that dates back to 1833, with the military invasion to the Falkland Islands”. 

While at the UN, Timerman will hold meetings with the President in charge of the Decolonization Committee, Ambassador Pedro Nuñez Mosquera and with the representatives of Colombia and Guatemala, in their capacity of Latin American members of the Security Council.

The last UN General Assembly resolution on the subject of the Falkland islands was in 1988. The “40” Resolutions that Timerman refers to appears to be the drafts produced by the Decolonisation Committee which carry little weight. The Decolonisation Committee, or C24 as it is often called, is dominated by South American and Caribbean Nations and the United Kingdom no longer deals with it in an official capacity.

With the United Kingdom being a permanent member of the Security Council, holding a veto, the Argentine move appears to just be a bull and bluster tactic with chance of success.

Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1832 and 1982. British possession goes back to 1766.





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