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.
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.