Back to normal ?

17 Jun

COMMENT

And then …. silence.

Joan Smith in the Independent newspaper asks today, why there is no debate over the Falkland Islands, which would suggest that she’s not been paying attention. There has been a mounting rhetoric from Argentina for the last six years, but this year it reached a crescendo; starting on April 2nd, the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falklands, and climaxing on June 14th, the anniversary of the end of the Falklands War.

Flags flying over Downing Street, remembrance services in the South Atlantic, Cristina Fernandez rambling on for an hour at the United Nations about migratory birds.

And then?

Well that’s about it. For the information of Joan Smith, there has been a continuing debate in some quarters for 30 years; for the Islanders the challenges may recede occasionally but never quite go away; and for Argentina the issue will be wheeled out every time there is a domestic crisis, or even when there’s nothing else to talk about.

President Cristina Fernandez called for talks, as her country has been doing since 1982 when they invaded an innocent and peaceful territory, effectively stopping the negotiations that had been going on for over a decade. Prime Minister Cameron refused to countenance new negotiations unless the Falklanders’ so wished, and the Islanders offered to talk to Argentina’s President, but as they weren’t the ones she actually wanted to talk to, they were ignored. Not even turned down. Just ignored.

And that was it.

The United Nations Decolonization Committee fudged their remit, as they do every year, and will forward their suggestions for negotiations to the next Committee up the chain; as they do every year. If that Committee, the Fourth, completes the annual circus, it’ll ignore the Decolonization Committee completely and, with no anniversaries for a while, everything will return to its usual state of simmering frustration, unnoticed by 99.9% of the world’s population.

The debate will not cease, Joan Smith, even if you don’t hear about it, but the world will return to more important issues.

Back to normal then.

11 Responses to “Back to normal ?”

  1. Ivor Aldwinkle June 17, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Isn’t it rude to ignore people who want to talk to you, in this day and age? All they wanted to do is to talk, is that too much to ask?

  2. Marcos June 18, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    ((((((Argentina does not pretend to colonize the Malvinas, it only wants to open a dialogue))))))
    A dialogue about all, including sovereignty which is the main topic of interest to Argentina and to the UN Decolonization Committe. There was already a system that used the sovereignty umbrella formulla, which didnt work becouse Argentina had to cede about everything and the british gained everything.
    You play dumb Roger, you know that the letter from the islands is what Cameron is willing to talk with Argentina. Everything but sovereignty. Which is not what we claim and it is not what the UN claim every year in that decolonization committe.

    • lordton1955 June 18, 2012 at 5:16 am #

      Let Cristina talk to Islanders about sovereignty.

      • Marcos June 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

        Listen again to Mr Summers, they refuse to talk about sovereignty.

      • lordton1955 June 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

        Which is, of course, their choice !

    • Juliano Burrito June 18, 2012 at 6:25 am #

      “Argentina does not pretend to colonize the Malvinas” – Lie 1: The regularly ignored by the president constitution clearly says they do pretend to colonize the ‘Falklands’.
      “it only wants to open a dialogue” Lie 2: They clearly didn’t want a dialogue with the Falklanders, the people who dictate the situation with regards to their land.

      It’s quite difficult to get 2 lies into one sentence, but by jove you folks managed it. Do you feel any guilt about that or is it just a normal thing that you experience every day?

  3. Marcos June 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    ((((((((Which is, of course, their choice )))))))))
    Are you stupid or something?

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