Jim Sensenbrenner calls for the US to support the Falkland Islanders

15 Mar

Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, has been interviewed for the British Daily Telegraph newspaper following his recent fact-finding mission to the Falkland Islands.

Coming out in support if the Islanders’ right to determine their own future, Representative Sensenbrenner told the newspaper; “.. the Argentine government has the Falklanders worried. Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has embargoed ships flying the Falklands flag, encouraged boycotts of British products and accused the British of militarising the South Atlantic. … she should note the issue of self-determination has a long history, and Argentina has a record of defending self-determination before the UN. According to a 2010 UN release, Argentine Senator Rubén Giustiniani called for self-determination of Puerto Rico, stating that “Argentina deemed Puerto Rico’s cause to be its own and reaffirmed the calls for recognition of its right to self-determination”. He also stated that the Argentine Senate fully supported Puerto Rico’s right to self-determination. Clearly, Argentina wants to dictate when self-determination should apply, regardless of the expressed opinion of the affected population.”

“President Obama should state, unequivocally, that he supports the Falklanders’ right to self-determination. The United Kingdom has granted the Falkland Islands the right to determine their future, and President Obama should give his support to the Falklanders’ rights. Not only would this solidify US support for self-determination, it would reaffirm, again, that America remains committed to our Special Relationship with the United Kingdom – a relationship cemented by the close and long-standing friendships between our countries.”

Argentina’s President announced yesterday that she will be in Ushuaia for the memorial services for the Falklands War on April, 2nd, 30 years after Argentina attempted to seize the archipelago in an invasion. Britain sent a task force to deal with the incursion, and Argentina was forced to surrender after 74 days.

The Falkland Islands have been British territory since 1765 although the British Government now fully complies with the United Nations in its efforts to decolonise these old out-posts. The Falkland Islanders have the right of self-determination enshrined in the United Nations’ Charter.

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