Argentina,”behaving in a domineering way”

8 Jun

According to the Daily Mail today, Argentina owes Britain £225 million and Government Ministers are being urged to oppose any more World Bank loans to the South American country. Following on from accusations levelled against Argentina by Jeremy Browne that Argentina is continuing to impose an economic blockade of the Falkland Islands in an attempt to starve out the 3000 Islanders, the Taxpayers Alliance has launched an online campaign called StopFundingArgentina.org.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance spokesman said: “Britain can and should act to stop further World Bank loans to Argentina. This is a key opportunity to show that our aid policy reflects rather than ignores Britain’s broader national interests.”

Mr. Browne, who is due to visit the archipelago next week for the remembrance ceremonies of the 1982 Falklands War, said; ” Sometimes there is a narrative from Argentina – and the decolonisation committee is prompted by that narrative – that here is Britain, this big, global power, and poor Argentina, that is going to the decolonisation committee at the UN to try and have their voice heard. Well that is the Argentinean narrative. Let me put forward what I think is a much more accurate, contemporary narrative, which is that there is a G20 country, at the top table of world affairs, one would imagine keen to be responsible on the world stage, with a population of about 40 million people, seeking to put an economic blockade in place which will, in tangible terms the ambition of that is, to impoverish an isolated community with about 3,000 people.”

“Which party in this arrangement are behaving in a domineering way and who are the vulnerable population who are having to make their way in the world despite a much more powerful country going out of their way to make that harder for them? I think that it’s pretty clear-cut.”

June 14th marks the surrender of the Argentine invading forces in 1982. Whilst services will be held in Stanley, capital of the Falklands, Argentina’s President, Cristina Kirchner, will be trying to convince the UN’s Decolonisation Committee that her country has a claim that overrides the Islanders’ right to determine their own future, as laid down in the UN Charter.

The Falkland Islands have been British since 1765 but since the United Nations founding Charter was signed by both Britain and Argentina in 1945, the Falklanders, as a people of a non-self-governing territory, have had the right to decide their own future. With a steady succession of threatening behaviour from their belligerent neighbour, the Islanders have stayed resolutely British.

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