Kirchner’s visit to the Decolonization Committee, “unimportant” !

11 Jun

La Nacion, an Argentine newspaper, is reporting that the British Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne, now in the Falkland Islands for the commemorative services on the 14th, has stated that nothing will come of President Cristina Kirchner’s visit to the Decolonisation Committee next week.

Describing President Kirchner’s attendance in New York on the anniversary of the end of the Falklands War as, “no coincidence”, he went on to describe the Decolonization Committee as, “frankly anachronistic” and “unimportant“.

“It is the legacy of an era in which there was a decolonization programme around the world which has been largely completed. The United Kingdom, furthermore, does not see the Falklands as a colony,” he said, adding, ” The position of the United Kingdom on the situation in the South Atlantic will be exactly the same on June 15 as it is today. Nothing is going to change.”

The Decolonization Committee is a sub-Committee of the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee. Although it is supposed to review the progress of decolonization, it has achieved little during the last two decades. Of the remaining 16 non-self governing territories, Britain has responsibility to oversee 10. None these are currently opting for independence.

The Falkland Islanders remain staunchly British despite the belligerence of their large neighbour. The 14th of this month sees the anniversary of the short Falklands War in 1982 when British troops ousted an Argentine force which had invaded in April. This was Argentina’s second attempt to take the Falklands by force, the first occurring in 1832.


3 Responses to “Kirchner’s visit to the Decolonization Committee, “unimportant” !”

  1. CLopez June 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Argentina couldn’t take the islands by force in 1832 because there was no one there to take them from. On the other hand, the British lowered Argentine flag in 1833 backed up by cannons…

    • CLopez June 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      20 civilian colonists stayed, of a settlement that had reached about 120-150 before the Lexington attack. 20 civilians who were “reminded” to respect British banner one year later, when the Gauchos revolted. 20 civilians who were overwhelmed by British colonization policy a decade after the seizure.

      Excuse me if I laugh…

      • lordton1955 June 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

        What the Lexington did, was not a British matter.

        The Gauchos revolted over pay and committed murder. Nothing noble in that!

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