Brazil supports Argentina’s ‘legitimate’ claims to the Falklands

13 Mar

Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, had a meeting yesterday with his Brazilian counterpart, Minister Antonio Patriota, to discuss a number of bilateral issues concerning the two South American partners in Mercosur. Argentina currently has the chair of the negotiating group expecting to meet with the European Union teams to continue discussions over an elusive trade agreement.

During the course of the meeting in San Pablo, both Foreign Minister reiterated that South America is a nuclear-free zone. Timerman complained about what he called the ‘militarization’ of the South Atlantic by the United Kingdom which refuses to confirm or deny the presence of a nuclear powered submarine in waters near the Falkland Islands.

The Brazilian Minister, for his part, confirmed that Brazil supported any legitimate rights that Argentina had over the Falkland Islands.

The United Kingdom never comment on the location of their nuclear submarine fleet even though not all the nuclear powered submarines are actually fitted with nuclear weapons. The increasingly aggressive attitude of Argentina to the British Overseas Territory has prompted the British to replace the single warship it keeps in the South Atlantic with one of its most sophisticated vessels, a Type 45 Destroyer.

Argentina had previously attempted to seize the archipelago by force on two occasions, the last, in 1982, with the loss of nearly 1000 lives. The United Nations supports the rights of the Falkland Islanders to determine their own future.


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