Nothing new from Unasur on the Falklands

18 Mar

At the end of the meeting of Unasur Foreign Ministers in Asunción, Paraguay, yesterday, the organisation of South American States issued the usual statement supporting Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands and exhorting the United Kingdon to return to the negotiating table to find a solution to what South America considers an old colonial situation.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Nicolás Maduro, suggested that the meeting put together a plan to force through the “decolonization” of South America. “There cannot be a single colonial enclave in South America and the Falklands is one of the causes that remains in the 21st century. Decolonization of the Falklands would be a great achievement for independence, peace and stability in our region,” he stressed.

The meeting also asked that the Secretary-General of the United Nations renew his efforts to find a solution to the issue, adding that this was a mission entrusted to him by the UN.

The Falkland Islands have been British since 1765 whilst Argentina did not declare independence from Spain until 1816. Negotiations did take place in the 1960’s and 70’s, but the no solution to the issue of sovereignty could be found. Argentina is unable to prove its claim, and the British have always required any deal to be supported by the Islanders. The United Nations supports the idea of self-determination for the people of the Non-Self-Governing Territories still on its Decolonisation list, of which the Falklands is one.

The options under UN Resolution 2625 that the Falkland Islanders have in order to be decolonized include, independence, free association with an independent state, integration with an independent state, or, indeed, any other political solution that the Islanders’ decide upon.


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