C24 continues to discuss the Falklands

16 Jun

Record of the debate on the subject of the Falkland Islands continued on Friday 15th June 2012 as reported by the United Nations Press Office.


Also discussed was the matter of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), which had been the subject of yesterday’s meeting. In that regard, many delegations expressed their support for the statement made yesterday by Christina Fernández de Kirchner, the President of Argentina, to the effect that the situation required a peaceful, negotiated settlement between Argentina and the United Kingdom. The representative of Bolivia today agreed, while decrying British unilateral activities in the South Atlantic, such as military exercises and the exploration and exploitation of natural resources. Moreover, he said, Latin Americans “now stand together to ensure that we have a continent without any colonial wounds left”.

Statements on the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) were also made by the representatives of Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru and Colombia.

Statements on Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

RAFAEL ARCHONDO ( Bolivia) said that, yesterday, the Special Committee had heard a “courageous and convincing” statement by President Christina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina, in which she described dreams of a world without colonialism. Latin Americans had taken in immigrants from all over the word and given them full rights, and those people had established free and sovereign States. For decades, the international community had faced the situation of a divided Malvinas. “We now stand together to ensure that we have a continent without any colonial wounds left”, he said. For 107 years, Spain and Argentina had exercised sovereignty, and then British troops had decided to expel their settlers from the Malvinas. That action constituted a colonial wound “that is still bleeding today”, he emphasized.

He said it was essential to ensure true Latin American integration. Bolivia, therefore, strongly supported the legitimate claims of Argentina over the Malvinas, the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in that “special and particular colonial situation”. He recalled that the Organization of American States had issued a declaration on 5 June asking the parties to resume negotiations as soon as possible. Moreover, as philosopher John Locke had said, the use of violence could not be the basis for law. Bolivia rejected the military presence of the United Kingdom in that area, as well as its unilateral activities such as the exploration and exploitation of natural resources and military exercises in violation of General Assembly resolution 31/49 (1976). Bolivia was pleased, therefore, at the consensus adoption of yesterday’s resolution.

ELLEONORA TAMBUNAN ( Indonesia) said that her delegation upheld the view that universal criteria could not be applied to every situation of Non-Self-Governing Territories, as each case was unique. On the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), he urged negotiations based on the principle of territorial integrity, and in line with the resolutions and conventions of the United Nations.

YOUSSOUFOU BAMBA ( Côte d’Ivoire ) said that his country attached great importance to the decolonization questions. United Nations Member States had declared support for the principle of self-determination of all peoples. That was why his country had backed yesterday’s resolution. It believed, as in the past, that any solution to the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) that did not take into account the aspirations of the inhabitants of the Island would not be successful. Côte d’Ivoire, which had excellent relations with both Argentina and the United Kingdom, had said that it was in the interest of both parties to create conditions conducive to the resumption of negotiations that guaranteed conditions for future generations to flourish. He appealed for a return to the wisdom that had always prevailed in decisions by the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom and invited all parties to return to the negotiating table in order to achieve lasting solutions.

JENNY LALAMA-FERNANDEZ (Ecuador) said that the principle of territorial integrity, respect for the sovereignty of States and peaceful settlement of disputes were essential precepts in international relations, reiterating her country’s support for the legitimate rights of Argentina in the sovereignty dispute. Ecuador had spoken out against the growing militarization of the South Atlantic by the United Kingdom, including the movement of nuclear submarines, as well as unilateral exploration activities and illegal exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources of the area in dispute, in violation of Argentina’s sovereignty and calls from the international community in General Assembly resolution 31/49, which urged against any unilateral modifications in the situation while the solution to the dispute was pending. Both the British militarization and unilateral activities mentioned had been rejected in several regional organizations, including the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), of which Ecuador was a participant. Ecuador emphatically supported the adoption, by consensus, of the draft resolution.

JOSE ALBERTO BRIZ (Guatemala), observer, expressed his delegation’s concern over the ongoing unilateral activities of the United Kingdom in the Argentine continental shelf, in violation of General Assembly resolution 31/49. That concern was shared, not only by Latin American and Caribbean countries, as evidenced in multiple regional forums, but also by all member nations of the Group of 77 developing countries and China, as declared in the Ministerial Declaration adopted in New York on 23 September 2011.

He said his country expected Argentina and the United Kingdom to resume bilateral negotiations, so as to promptly reach a just, peaceful, and lasting settlement to that sovereignty dispute, in accordance with the many relevant resolutions on the item. It was important to note that Argentina had permanently indicated its willingness to resolve the dispute in the manner indicated by the United Nations, namely, through negotiation and dialogue, he said, expressing the desire that the United Kingdom comply with the same calls for a peaceful settlement of the dispute to the benefit of both parties.

JOSE ANTONIO DOS SANTOS (Paraguay), observer, noted that the summit of Latin American and Caribbean States, which had taken place in October 2011 in Asuncion, had adopted a Declaration on the report that a British frigate had been moving through the South Atlantic to protect British interests. The Declaration rejected the holding of military exercises in the region as contrary to a peaceful solution to the question of the Malvinas. It stated that such a military presence contravened regional support for a peaceful solution to the question. It also confirmed an earlier declaration supporting the legitimate right of Argentina to the Malvinas in the dispute with the United Kingdom and a regional approach based on peaceful negotiation.

JOSE LIUS CANCELA (Uruguay), observer, expressed support for Argentina’s sovereignty rights over the Malvinas and said that the dispute related directly to the territorial integrity of Argentina, which had irrefutable title to the island it had inherited from Spain. The island had been legally occupied by Argentina since 1823. Both the General Assembly and the Special Political Committee had identified the dispute as a particular colonial issue involving Argentina and the United Kingdom and agreed that the only way of settling that dispute was through a peaceful and negotiated solution by the parties, taking into account the interests of the population there. It was important, therefore, for both parties to resume negotiations aimed at a peaceful, just and lasting solution in accordance with the relevant resolutions and declarations. The parties should refrain from taking decisions that would result in unilateral changes. That applied to activities for the exploitation of resources on the continental shelf.

SAUL WEISLEDER ( Costa Rica), observer, associating himself with Chile on behalf of Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), reaffirmed his country’s recognition of the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands as an integral part of the territory of Argentina. Since 1833, that territory had been subjected to a violation stemming from a colonial dispute. Costa Rica had made international law and peaceful relationships with its neighbours a core principle. Recalling a recent meeting of the Organization of Ibero-American States, he read briefly from its outcome document, which had asked the parties to the Malvinas dispute to resume negotiations promptly in the framework of the resolutions of the United Nations and the Organization of American States – including the principle of territorial integrity. He emphasized the ongoing will for dialogue shown by Argentina in that regard, and asked the parties to refrain from unilateral actions that violated General Assembly resolution 31/49 (1976), as those in no way contributed to finding a peaceful solution to the dispute.

JOAQUÍN ALEXANDER MAZA MARTELLI (El Salvador), observer, reiterated his delegation’s position of principle that the question of the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime space belonged to Argentina. That view was broadly shared by the Special Committee and was based on the historical situation of the region, as well as on international law. A “first and historic step to understanding” must be reached between the two parties, in order to find a lasting solution to the dispute. The justification of the United Kingdom to stay in the region stemmed from “an attitude that history had rendered obsolete”, he said. El Salvador associated itself with the appeal of the international community to the United Kingdom that – together with Argentina – the negotiating process must be resumed as soon as possible to find a just, peaceful and lasting solution to the dispute, in keeping with relevant United Nations resolutions.

MILAGROS MIRANDA ROJAS (Peru), observer, said that the dispute over the Malvinas was based on legal and geographic factors stemming from facts of sovereignty and rights, which had been exercised until the islands had been taken over by force. Peru reiterated its support for a peaceful solution to the dispute and hoped that the two parties would resume negotiations as soon as possible in order to find a peaceful and lasting solution in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations and the Organization of American States. He invited the United Nations to remain active in those negotiations in order to achieve the expected result. After the military conflict that had taken place 30 years ago, the General Assembly had adopted a resolution asking the Secretary-General to use his good offices on the dispute. Similar resolutions had been adopted by regional bodies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The solution to any dispute required the support of the parties involved. Argentina had always indicated its readiness to negotiate. Peru hoped that the United Kingdom would do the same.

FERNANDO ALZATE DONOSO ( Colombia), observer, reiterated his country’s support for Argentina’s claim in the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas. He regretted that in spite of the time that had elapsed since the adoption of the General Assembly resolutions on the dispute, it had not yet been resolved. Colombia appealed for continued readiness of the parties to achieve a solution through a negotiated a peaceful settlement.




3 Responses to “C24 continues to discuss the Falklands”

  1. The Oncoming Storm June 16, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I wonder what their opinion on French Guiana, Cueta and Mellila and Tibet is? Hypocrites!

  2. Patrick Melody June 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    These people the c24 (nearly all Latin’s & and a Syrian war criminal) are responding to Argentine bribes and inducements. They have no strength in them, they operate purely on self interest which makes them corrupt and weak. Britain will never turn its back on the Falklands it is made of sterner stuff than that. The Falklands will end up a recognised by all as a permanent fact on the map and malvinarse will be forgotten.

  3. Sill June 18, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    The C24 decolonization committee has now forever been tarnished by the corruption of these people, they attack Peoples right to self determination and toss it aside, to please some one who wishes to cleanse, an island of its first and only True inhabitants.

    Infect I don’t not believe you can even call it a decolonization committee any more, it is now the colonization committee. The supports of Mass Murder and tyranny.

    Brittan is right and can not negotiate over something that is not our own, the only people who can are the Falkland islanders, the people who offered to talk to Argentina directly infront of the eye of the Corrupt committee and are yet still ignored.

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