Falklands Referendum: Legal and Legitimate

20 Jun

The announcement by the Falkland Islands’ Government of a referendum over the future of the Islands in 2013 is already causing some consternation in South America with the Uruguayan Chancellor, Luis Almagro, quickly coming out to say that his country; “will not recognize the results as the plebiscite would lack legal value for the international community. Our country reserves the right not to recognize the results.”

In the UK, the question of legality was raised when the referendum was announced in the House of Commons by David Lidington; “I wish to inform the House that the Government of the Falkland Islands announced their intention to hold a referendum on the political status of the islands. This decision, which was taken by the Falkland Islanders themselves through their elected representatives, has the full support of the British Government. The referendum will be organised by the Falkland Islands Government and will take place in the first half of 2013. Independent international observers will be invited to observe the process. .. the islanders have often been surprised by the lack of understanding about their wishes and their outlook on life. It is because of this that the islanders have decided to hold a referendum to eliminate any possible doubt in the eyes of the world as to what future they want. That will provide a legal, fair and decisive means for the people of the Falkland Islands to express their views.”

When questioned on the legitimacy of the proposed referendum, Mr. Lidington responded; “Yes, we are confident in the legal authority of the Falkland Islands Government to carry out the referendum. We want it to be conducted to the highest possible standards, and we will be encouraging the Falkland Islands Government to look at things like our own Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in order to see what best practice can offer. As I said in my statement, the Falklands Government, with our support, intend to invite independent foreign observers to ensure that the world can see that this election is being carried out to those high standards.”

He added; ” I hope that President Kirchner, even now, will reflect on the fact that Argentina is a signatory to the United Nations charter, article 1.2 of which talks of members developing, “friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”. That right of self-determination applies to the people of the Falkland Islands as much as to people anywhere else.”



3 Responses to “Falklands Referendum: Legal and Legitimate”

  1. Phil Foster June 20, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I would not recommend it but it would be fun to watch the Malvinista governments line up prior to the referendum to officially announce that they will not recognise the results of any referendum taken by the Falkland Islanders. Then, on the day, all vote to become Argentinian. I’ll bet the vindictive pig heads would recognise the Falkland Islanders right to self determination then.

    • Don Alberto June 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      😀 😀 😀

    • Andy Trish June 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Phil that is the best comment I’ve read in a long time LMAO

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