Dear John, ……

19 Jun

In an unexpected move today, it was the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who approach Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, and raised the subject of the Falkland Islands.

In a supposedly chance encounter of the fringes of the G20 summit in Mexico, Cameron seems to have taken an opportunity to speak to President Fernandez, who just happened to be clutching an envelope containing copies of 40 United Nations Resolutions that she claims Britain is ignoring.

David Cameron apparently made it plain that he was not prepared to discuss the sovereignty of the Falklands unless the Islanders wished it, and that their wishes would very soon be expressed in a referendum which Argentina should respect. “I am not proposing a full discussion on the Falklands but I hope you have noted that they are holding a referendum and you should respect their views. We should believe in self-determination and act as democrats here in the G20,“ he was reported as saying.

Fernandez then tried to hand over her envelope, which Cameron, in a reflection of the President’s refusal to accept the Islanders’ letter last week, declined.

The United Nations General Assembly, which can issue non-binding Resolutions, has not passed any since the last in 1988. That one resulted in a renewal of diplomatic relations between Britain and Argentina which had been severed as a result of Argentina’s invasion of the British territory in 1982. The Falklands have been claimed by Britain since 1765.

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