Is Argentina sincere? Unlikely!

1 Jul

Comment.

The news in Buenos Aires is that the Falkland Islanders are prepared to “strengthen communication links between the Falklands and the continent,” and that they, “are prepared to discuss with the Argentine Government ways in which this may be achieved.”

Of course there are some reservations, for example the Islanders have suggested that the Government of President Cristina Fernandez, could show some sincerity by rescinding the illegal ban on charter flights to the Falklands over-flying Argentina which was imposed by the other Kirchner presidency in 2003.

And that is the problem. Sincerity. The offer last year by Cristina Kirchner to establish regular air travel between the Islands and Buenos Aires was not done in a fit of generosity. Quite the contrary. It was a cynical political move to attempt to con the world into believing that Argentina was now the good guy. Argentina,the country with the high moral ground, concerned about the isolation of its tiny neighbour.

In most circles this is known as ‘politics’, in others ‘bull’.

The problem for Kirchner is that the Falkland Islanders have long memories. They remember similar overtones in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s that landed them with LADE, the supposedly commercial arm of Argentina’s air force. They’ll remember the promises about ‘white cards’ and no limitations on their travel. They’ll even remember the big house that LADE built.

And they’ll remember the control that this measure gave to Buenos Aires.

It’s easy to argue that the present Government in Argentina is not a military one and that the Islanders should not fear, but sometimes there appears scant difference between the way this modern, and possibly ‘democratic’, government operates towards the archipelago, and the way the Junta did. The current arrangements via Chile suit the Falklanders just fine. Their Chilean community is serviced and they get the fresh resources that they need. And they trust Chile. Argentina has never shown itself to be so deserving.

If Argentina wishes to demonstrate true sincerity, it should change its Constitution and give up its spurious claim to the Falkland Islands, then maybe there can be talks about better communication links.

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One Response to “Is Argentina sincere? Unlikely!”

  1. GF July 1, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    What I have noticed in Argentina is a deafening media silence in regard to the farm out agreement between EDF/Edison and FOGL. Not even the Argentine foreign minister, so inclined to verbal diarrheas, has said anything.

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