Britain’s “military posture” over the Falklands

29 Jun

In a White Paper issued yesterday, Britain has confirmed its support, both diplomatic and military, to all the Overseas Territories under its administration. The White Paper, signed by both David Cameron and William Hague reiterates that, in line with United Nations policy on non-self governing territories, the concept of self-determination is the over-riding principle that Britain will apply to its remaining territories. 

“We will continue to ensure that our sovereignty over the Territories is defended against all challenges so that, for those who live in the Territories as British citizens, their right of self-determination is protected. In the South Atlantic, British forces will maintain a defensive military posture to defend the Falklands and other British islands. There will be no weakening of the Government’s resolve”

The immediate reaction in Argentina’s press was that the United Kingdom had confirmed its policy of “militarizing” the South Atlantic. La Nacion accused Britain of maintaining its military position; ” to defend the Falkland and the South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Tristán de Acuña and Ascension Island.” However another article in the same newspaper criticised Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, for attending the recent meeting of the UN’s Decolonization Committee in New York saying that it had been an embarrassment and that nothing had been achieved.

 

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One Response to “Britain’s “military posture” over the Falklands”

  1. David V Smith (@davidsmith21a) June 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    A white paper is a nice move, but it doesn’t really mean anything. Turning it in to an Act of Parliament would be nice. Full force of British Law to tie the hands of future British Governments.

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