Speaking during a lecture to students at the University of California, Jorge Argüello. Argentina’s Ambassador to the United States, alleged that it was Britain’s lack of political will that prevented any negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
Accusing the United Kingdom of refusing to respect United Nations Resolutions despite being a permanent member of the Security Council, the Ambassador said, in a reference to his country’s policy of raising the issue at every available opportunity; “.. today we are closer to resume a dialogue with Great Britain. Ten or fifteen years ago it was difficult to hear any exchange on the Falklands at international forums, while today any meeting will very likely have the issue in its agenda.”
He also mentioned the expected attendance of his President, Cristina Fernandez, before the UN’s Decolonisation Committee which is due ti take place on June 14th; ” .. it shall be the first time that a Chief of State attends the annual meeting of that U.N. body.”
June 14th is the 30th anniversary of Britain victory over Argentine forces which had invaded the Falklands in April, 1982; a measure criticised by the United Nations at the time. Argentina refused to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 502 calling for their withdraw, and Britain had little choice but to send a task force to free the Islanders.
The Decolonisation Committee is a sub-sub-Committee of the General Assembly and considers the Falklands Question annually. The last UN GA Resolution on the subject was in 1988. This called for negotiations to take place allowing Britain and Argentina to resume diplomatic relations. That was achieved.
The Falkland Islands have been subject to British sovereignty since 1765 although Spain contested that claim and the two countries came close to war in 1770. Spain eventually recognised British sovereignty in 1863. Argentina bases its claim on a combination of geography and a dubious interpretation of international law which has it inheriting Spain’s disputed titles.