The Lady is not for accepting (Falklands Post)

15 Jun

At the Decolonization Committee meeting yesterday, the Falkland Islands Delegation attempted to deliver a letter inviting the President of Argentina to talks over the differences existing between the small British Overseas Territory and its belligerent neighbour. Attempts to deliver the letter however were thwarted by Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who blocked the path of the delegate and refused to accept it himself.

The letter is as follows:

Madam President,

We were pleased to read in your Foreign Minister’s letter of 8 June to the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, that Argentina is prepared to sit down and listen. We would like to take up that offer and are writing with one very simple purpose – to ask that the Argentine Government ends its campaign of Harassment and intimidation against the Falkland Islanders, and allows us to live in peace on the Islands which have been our home for almost 180 years.

Recently we have seen measures affecting our shipping and tourist industry, threats against our hydrocarbons industry, and a grossly offensive Olympic ‘advert’ which used our War Memorial as a prop. This has been combined with aggressive rhetoric falsely claiming that we are somehow an implanted population,and that we are being ‘held hostage’ by the UK military presence here. We find it impossible to comprehend why the Government of a large country such as Argentina, a member of the G20, continues to behave in this way towards our small country,ignoring our wishes, seeking to deny our fundamental political rights and to make our lives difficult. This behaviour will only make it harder to have neighbourly discussions on matters of mutual interest and harden our resolve against any change in the status of the Islands; it will not have any impact the British Government’s position.

As you know, today marks our Liberation Day. We know that your Government accepts that what happened in 1982 was wrong, which makes it all the more difficult for us to understand why we are faced with such aggression and hostility today. On this special day for Falkland Islanders, we are glad of the opportunity to be here in New York to express our views publicly. We would value even more the chance to make our feelings known to you directly,and if your busy schedule allows it, we would like to invite you toa short meeting with us during your visit here, or at a later time to be arranged.

The Falkland Islands Government will also be conducting a referendum in the near future, in order to democratically express our wishes for the future of the Falkland Islands to the world.

Roger Edwards        Michael Summers

On behalf of the Legislative Assembly

 

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2 Responses to “The Lady is not for accepting (Falklands Post)”

  1. LINCOLN ARIEL June 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    LOS DOS PIRATAS SUMERS Y EDWARDS QUE LLEVARON LA CARTA NO SON MALVINENSES, SON INGLESES NACIDOS EN INGLATERRA QUE LLEGARON HACE UNOS AÑOS Y SE ESTAN BENEFICIANDO ECONOMICAMENTE DE LOS RECURSOS ARGENTINOS, POR LO TANTO ESTA MUY BIEN QUE TIMERMAN NO RECIBIERA SU CARTA, A LOS INGLESES LOS ESCUCHAMOS ATRAVES DE SU EMBAJADA,CON LOS MALVINENSES NATIVOS TAL VEZ PODEMOS HABLAR PORQUE LOS CONSIDERAMOS COMPATRIOTAS NACIDOS EN SUELO ARGENTINO

    • Ivor Aldwinkle June 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      Yes, can I have two of your steaks thanks and a bottle of house wine.

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