Should Britain kick out Ambassador Alicia Castro – London School of Economics

19 May

On Thursday Argentina’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom spoke at a debate at the London School of Economics entitled; “UK-Argentina: is there a way forward”. The debate was chaired by Dr. Fransisco Panizza.

During the course of the debate, the Ambassador, Alicia Castro, accused Britain of deploying weapons of mass destruction in the South Atlantic to protect a “colonial enclave” that Britain has no right to. Castro went further and attempted to convince her audience that the people of the Falkland Islands were unprotected by the right to determine their own future as enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

“Our government is well-known for policies of human rights. Argentina supports in general the principle of self-determination as established by the UN charter but not every human community is considered to possess this right” she said, adding, “What is happening today is a growing British military presence in a disputed area, which includes the deployment of a nuclear submarine. International nuclear weapons in the South Atlantic, as you know, are contrary to the Treaty which we support…it amounts to weapons of mass destruction – but we are a land of peace”.

Some of her audience protested and one suggestion from the floor was that she should be “expelled” from the country. The ambassador and her team are reported to have been upset as protesters distributed leaflets highlighting Argentina’s $16bn outstanding debt.

Argentina, the “land of peace”, has twice attempted to take the Falkland Islands from Britain by force. Firstly in 1832 and then again in 1982. The South Atlantic archipelago has been British sovereign territory since 1765, a fact that Buenos Aires was reminded of in 1829.

All the peoples of ‘non-self-governing territories’ (NSGT), as listed by the United Nations, are entitled to determine their own futures as part of the UN’s decolonisation process. The Falkland Islands are listed as a NSGT, and there are no exceptions or qualifications to this right recognised by the United Nations.


2 Responses to “Should Britain kick out Ambassador Alicia Castro – London School of Economics”

  1. Baguamarsbar July 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Ask them they will agree and finish this matter perminently! They know that they cannot lose!!!

  2. Baguamarsbar July 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I agree with J.A. Roberts but interacting with your neibours in the spirit of good will is definetly the way to go.

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