A dog’s chance

1 Mar

In an act of desperation, having failed to force the United Kingdom to discuss the Falkland Islands at the United Nations, Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Ministry released a statement yesterday suggesting that the EU mediates in the spat between the two countries over the Falkland Islands; ”The Argentine Chargé in London, Osvaldo Mársico, was informed by the Foreign Office that the UK will appeal to the European Union to inform over the recent controversies that broke out between both countries. Argentina is pleased to see that the UK government has finally resorted to an international organization to find a diplomatic solution to the Malvinas issue.”

This appears in the same vein as the recent acceptance by the Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, of an offer of mediation from the United Nations which turned out to be a figment of his imagination.

While many states within the European Union have drawn closer to a position of shared sovereignty, this is not the case for the British who still view the EU as little more than a trading block. Argentina’s new suggestion will probably be treated with some contempt as the EU will only concern itself with trade matters.

Argentina is quite desperate to force Britain to the negotiating table over the issue of the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands despite having a clause in its own Constitution which rather pre-judges the outcome; and the fact that the argument was resolved in 1833.

In 1966, Argentina did manage something of a diplomatic coup when it persuaded the UN to issue a Resolution calling for negotiations on the issue. Resolution 2065 however, was then stabbed in the back by Argentina’s invasion of the Islands in 1982 starting the Falklands War. There have been no more UN Resolutions on the subject since 1988, when Britain and Argentina resumed diplomatic ties.

Argentina has attempted to pursue its erroneous historical argument through a number of regional and international organisations, including the UN, Mercosur, UNASUR, ALBA and CELAC without result. If this bid to gain the interest of the EU fails, perhaps it’ll be the turn of the RSPCA next.

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