The Italians back Argentina over the Falklands – well 48 of them at least!

15 May

A day with little news sees a story in the Buenos Aires Herald regarding a letter signed by 48 Italian Senators and lawmakers from the Italian Parliament supporting the notion of talks between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. The letter was sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and outlines those Senator’s need that some recognition be given to Argentina’s claim. The Senator’s, it was reported, remained sceptical of Britain’s response. A copy of the letter was presented to Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, by its initiator, Ricardo Merlo. 

Merlo was born in Argentina and served in the armed forces during the 1982 Falklands War before moving to Italy where he aspired to become a lawmaker. The Italian Parliament has over 300 Senators.

The only other reference to the Falklands in the Spanish news was an announcement by the Foreign Ministry that Hector Timerman had promoted the Argentine cause in a meeting with the Hungarian representative. This report contained no information as to quite what the Hungarians made of the claim.

It is the policy of the current Argentine Government, under President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, to raise the issue of the Falkland Islands at every meeting with foreign Ministers or delegations all of whom are provided with a DVD outlining Argentina’s claim to the British archipelago.

The Islands have been British since 1765.

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