Argentina Defies the United Nations

16 Mar

Argentina has again openly defied United Nations Resolutions supporting the status of the peoples of non-self-governing territories by announcing a range of measure designed to hinder the exploitation of the natural resources around the Falkland Islands by the Islanders themselves.

Yesterday, Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, held a press conference prior to joining President Cristina Fernandez’s diplomatic mission to Chile. Fernandez is expected to try to persuade her neighbour to join in the blockade that Argentina has been operating for some months in an attempt to strangle industry in the Falklands.

Timerman announced a range of measure aimed at banks and any other company in any other way assisting in the exploration for oil in the waters around the South Atlantic archipelago. At the press conference, Timerman went on to claim that; “hundreds of countries” support the Argentine claim of sovereignty over the Falklands and there is no nation in the world that recognizes that Great Britain has sovereign rights on the Falklands archipelago”.

The immediate British reaction was to condemn Argentina’s attempts to maintain a blockade, reassert Britain’s support for the Islanders’ right to make use of their resources and remind Argentina of its obligations under the United nations Charter; “This right is an integral part of the right of self-determination, which is expressly contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was adopted by UN General Assembly in Resolution 2200A (XXI) in 1966 and states that; ” All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.

The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.”

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