No Argentine Demonstration over the Falklands at the Olympics

22 Jul

With the 2012 Olympic Games due to start this week in London, Argentina’s Olympic Committee has once again confirmed that they have no intention of turning their attendance into a political display over the Falkland Islands.

Speaking of President Cristina Fernandez’s recent speech to Argentina’s athletes, Jacques Rogge of the International Olympic Committee said that she had asked them to avoid demonstrations over the Falklands sovereignty issue during the Games; “I’m happy to say that Argentina’s Head of State said that the Olympics are not an occasion to make political demonstrations of any kind.”  

There had been an early suggestion that inappropriate logos would be sown onto the Argentine team’s official kit, but in a clampdown of all such advertising during the Games by the Olympic Committee at the urging of their main sponsors, this now seems unlikely.

This year has already seen the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, stirring up a good deal of emotion on both sides. That seems to have subsided now and Argentina’s Government has been noticeably less vocal on the subject in recent weeks. The British Government was known to have spoken to the IOC on this subject, being concerned that there would be an attempt to hijack the Games for political purposes.

The Falkland Islands have been British sovereign territory since 1765, while Argentina has claimed them since 1833.


9 Responses to “No Argentine Demonstration over the Falklands at the Olympics”

  1. CLopez July 22, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    The Falkland Islands can’t be British since 1765 because from 1774 to 1829 (55 years) they made no claim or assertion of sovereignty, effectively losing any alleged rights over them. Argentina, on the other hand, considered the Malvinas as part of its territory since the first days of the revolution in 1810:

    The British seizure of 1833 was therefore not backed by international law. Even if now Human Rights may prevail over rights of the Nations.

    • Don Alberto July 22, 2012 at 12:50 am #

      Nice of Saavedra to sign that paper in 1810, but Argentina still ceded Falkland Islands to Britain in the 1850 peace treaty as confirmed by two Argentine presidents (Mitre and Sarmiento) and a vice president (Paz) in 1865, 1866 and 1869.

      Later events cancel previous events – e.g. the Roman and Austrian-Hungarian Empires no longer exists, they were cancelled by later events.

    • lordton1955 July 22, 2012 at 2:42 am #

      On the contrary, the British having established sovereignty in 1765, made continued and uninterrupted use of the islands throughout the period you mention.

      Use is the best confirmation of sovereignty.

      The (rarely) United Provinces certainly did not claim the Falklands in 1810. The small penal colony on East falkland stayed loyal to the Viceroyalty and Soledad remained in Spanish hands until 1811. In any case, declaring for a King is hardly an act of independence; and ‘backdating’ independence in 1816 did not fool anyone.

      There was no seizure in 1833. The islands had been British since 1765. The British authorities had receieved a compaint about pirates using the islands, and sent a force to check. They found some trespassers from BA and ordered them to leave. The true settlers, there with British permission from 1825, stayed.

      • CLopez July 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

        “The true settlers” now you’re being ridiculous. The ones who accused Vernet of “piracy” were the Americans, not you. You went there when all cannons had already been destroyed.

        “Pirates”, “weapons of mass destruction”, it’s funny how you always need an excuse to think of yourselves as the good guys, don’t you think? At least in Argentina we are very aware of our rights and wrongs.

        “Use is the best confirmation of sovereignty” you mean uncontested use. Like the Spanish use of 1774 to 1811. Otherwise I can steal your car and if I manage to use it for a whole year, then it’s mine.

      • lordton1955 July 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

        The Americans complained to the owners. They complained to us, about Vernet’s pirates. An unfair complaint without doubt, but one that had to be acted upon.

        The Spanish had an excellent claim based on their use of East Falkland. Spain did not complain to Britain in 1833. Britain’s use of West Falkland was uncontested. Sneaking in and stealing a plaque – is not a contest!

      • CLopez July 23, 2012 at 4:06 am #

        Really? And destroying the buildings? Why would they do that?

        The Americans complained that the issue of sovereignty was not settled when the British started to exert the same controls over fisheries that Vernet years before. The difference this time was in firepower. The US would say or do whatever is best for them.

      • lordton1955 July 23, 2012 at 9:21 am #

        Destroying the buildings was an act of vandalism. Not an act of sovereignty. Any why did they destroy the buildings?? Because they knew we would be back. Because they recognised that the buildings were still being used. Because they were not capable of anything else.

        The Americans did whinge when Britain placed restrcitions on their fishing fleet. But they backed down. Why? Because they knew that the islands were sovereign British territory.

  2. Bloke July 22, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Since when has Argentina ever acted in good faith or been good to their word? An official statement to this affect is just a pre-emptive measure so they can deny any responsibility when one or more of their athletes does something inappropriate.

  3. Justin July 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I don’t trust them an inch on this one. CFK and her cronies are well known for using proxies for political violence, it has plausible deniability.

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