Watered down Human Rights, and support for Argentina. Is the OAS a defunct Organisation?

6 Jun

In an unsurprising move the Organisation of American States yesterday confirmed its 2010 Resolution on the Question of the Falklands, and repeated its request that Britain and Argentina sit down and negotiate over the question of sovereignty.

At this years summit the Agenda also included the admission of Cuba, despite the OAS’s supposed democratic principles, and a watering down of the Organisation’s committment to Human Rights. During the conference 4 States withdrew from the mutual defence treaty and questions arose as to the ability of the organisation to survive its internal divisions. Few of the member States of the OAS are recognised as full democracies while others are, at best, seen as being ‘flawed’.

Argentina’s Foreign Ministry was quick to broadcast what it sees as a victory for Argentine diplomacy, even though the OAS has done nothing more than to repeat a 2-year old Resolution which achieved nothing.

The OAS Resolution states:

CONSIDERING its repeated statements that the Question of theFalkland Islands is a matter of enduring hemispheric concern;

RECALLING its resolution AG/RES. 928 (XVIII-O/88), adopted by consensus on November 19, 1988, in which it requested the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to resume negotiations in order to find, as soon as possible, a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute;

BEARING IN MIND that in its resolution AG/RES. 1049 (XX-O/90), it expressed satisfaction over the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries;

RECOGNIZING that the accreditation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, under CP/RES. 655 (1041/95), as a permanent observer of the OAS reflects principles and values shared by that country and OAS member states, which facilitate greater mutual understanding;

NOTING with satisfaction that the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland maintain important political, cultural and trade ties, share common values and are also engaged in close cooperation both bilaterally and in international fora;

BEARING IN MIND that, despite those ties and shared values, it has not yet been possible to resume the negotiations between the two countries with a view to solving the sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas in the framework of resolutions 2065 (XX), 3160 (XXVIII), 31/49, 37/9, 38/12, 39/6, 40/21, 41/40, 42/19 and 43/25 of the United Nations General Assembly, the decisions adopted by the same body on the same question in the Special Committee on Decolonization, and the reiterated resolutions and declarations adopted at this General Assembly; and

HAVING HEARD the presentation by the head of delegation of the Argentine Republic,

WELCOMES the reaffirmation of the will of the Argentine Government to continue exploring all possible avenues towards a peaceful settlement of the dispute and its constructive approach towards the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands.

REAFFIRMS the need for the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to resume, as soon as possible, negotiations on the sovereignty dispute, in order to find a peaceful solution to this protracted controversy.

DECIDES to continue to examine the Question of the Falkland Islands at its subsequent sessions until a definitive settlement has been reached thereon.

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