Day of the Affirmation of the Argentine Rights Over the Falklands, Islands and Antarctic Sector

11 Jun

The British have rousing nationalist days such as St. Georges Day, which few remember, and fewer celebrate. In Argentina they have ‘Day of the Affirmation of the Argentine Rights Over the Falklands, Islands and Antarctic Sector’.

As though anyone in Argentina is likely to forget that their country has aspirations over the British archipelago situated some 400km off the South American coast.

Indeed these aspirations are not just to those supposedly ‘adjacent’ Islands, but also to the even more distant South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, as well as to British Antarctica, even though Argentina has no historical or legal foundation for any of these claims. Argentina’s President Kirchner however, believes that geography should be sufficient.

In a press release today, the Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires ignored the realities of history and assured the local population, yet again, that “Argentine sovereignty on the Falkland Islands, and their dependencies, was interrupted by a belligerent act carried out by British forces on January 3rd, 1833. Local authorities and the Argentine population were expelled from the islands, while being replaced by British subjects. Today, the Argentine Government and population calmly and firmly insist on the inalienable right they have on this matter.”

Perhaps there will be street parties ?

 

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6 Responses to “Day of the Affirmation of the Argentine Rights Over the Falklands, Islands and Antarctic Sector”

  1. Claire June 11, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I’m starting to get weary of these bare faced lies coming from Argentina but here we go again:

    “Argentine sovereignty on the Falkland Islands, and their dependencies was interrupted”

    Actually it was never Argentine. Sovereignty of the islands was contested between Britain and Spain until Spain acknowledged British sovereignty in 1863. Spain certainly did not give Argentina sovereignty and nor can Argentina claim to have inherited it.

    “by a belligerent act carried out by British forces on January 3rd, 1833. Local authorities and the Argentine population were expelled from the islands, while being replaced by British subjects.”

    This is simply untrue. Britain evicted an illegal garrison that had been on the islands for a few months. The civilian population (who were there with the permission of Britain) were encouraged to stay and the majority did so. In the ensuing decades the islands were open to immigration from any country and people arrived from many nations, including from Argentina. Today their descendents wish to remain British.

    “Today, the Argentine Government and population calmly and firmly insist on the inalienable right they have on this matter.”

    No – Argentina is waging a diplomatic and economic war against a much smaller neighbour, and lying through its teeth to garner international support.

    The press release also forgot to mention that Argentina relinquished their claim when they signed a treaty with Britain in 1850 that settled all disputes and established perfect friendship.

    • CLopez June 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      Inform yourself, Claire… you’re being naive

  2. lordton1955 June 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    No compromise. No renunciation. Spain contested Britain’s claim. Argentina did not inherit the Falklands, nor did they establish their own claim.

    The only expulsion was of a trespassing garrison. The settlers, who had British permission, stayed

    • Ezequiel June 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      You posted just lies without fundamentation my lord ton! Instead all my sayings are backed by historical evidence. Please give back our islands.

      • lordton1955 June 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

        I only speak the truth Ezequiel. Pity you cannot recognise it!

  3. Diane June 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Ezequiel go bury ure head in the said u cant give back what u never had in the first place so there the island is not and never will be argantinas

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