Argentina accused of ‘fanaticism’ over the Falklands by Paraguay

23 Aug

In a speech yesterday, the Paraguayan Defence Minister, Maria Liz Garcia, spoke about her country’s isolation within South America following the impeachment of President Lugo, and her concerns that Bolivia was claiming territory belonging to Paraguay; “We are deeply concerned because of the Bolivian military deployment in the Chaco and according to our intelligence their peers are claiming that zone with the same fanatic intensity as the Argentines over the Falklands.”

The reference to Argentina’s attitude over the Falkland Islands is unusual as most South American countries maintain a united front on this particular issue. In public at least. This may be weakening however, as it was recently reported that Uruguay had also deemed the Falkland Islands to be British territory for their consular purposes.

Paraguay’s suspension within MERCOSUR has allowed the other members of this commercial grouping to let Venezuela join when its entry had previously been blocked by Paraguay’s parliament. Ferdinand Lugo’s impeachment was achieved through a juristic process but drew condemnation from other members of MERCOSUR. No hypocrisy is apparently seen in using the situation to take Venezuela into MERCOSUR in defiance of Paraguay’s views.

The Falkland Islands have been British since 1765. Spain disputed this claim until 1863 when she sent a diplomatic mission to the islands and recognised British sovereignty. Argentina has claimed the Falklands since 1833.


6 Responses to “Argentina accused of ‘fanaticism’ over the Falklands by Paraguay”

  1. CLopez August 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    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:
    because at that time it was still occupied by Spanish troops, many of them ‘criollos’ of the borning countries.

    Spain mantained his claim until 1863, but not only over BOTH Falkland Islands, but over the whole former colonies (Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, etc.)

    In 1820 they were formally taken possession of and in 1824 first attempts were made to establish an Argentine colony, by Pacheco and Vernet.

    • Don Alberto August 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm #


      as you have been shown several times – based on official Argentine documents – that whatever may have happened before, Argentina ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain in 1850.

      What is your problem – don’t you trust official Argentine documents?

    • lordton1955 August 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

      ONE piece of paper from 1810 ??!! Wow!

      And, of course, the piece of paper actually refers the matter back to loyalist Montevideo.

      As you know very well – sovereignty having been established in 1765, the Falklands were regularly used between 1774 and 1829. You have yet to explain the Royal Navy survey of 1786.

      There was no possession by Argentina in 1820, and Vernet’s expedition of 1824 was, in fact, Schofield’s expedition of 1824. An Englishman!

      Vernet had British permission after 1825.

  2. Don Alberto August 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Are we to become witnesses to a huge drama, when several South American countries will start a fight over sovereignity?

    Peru and Bolivia vs. Chile; Paraguay vs. Argentina and Brasil; Argentina and Brasil vs. Uruguay; etc. etc. – all arguing like Argentina over the British Falkland Islands: They are ours because they are ours because they are ours.

  3. I pity the fools September 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Falklands are British; and have been since before Argentina existed (1810).
    Don Alberto – I like you’re reply….”they are ours because they are ours because they are ours”
    I can picture Cristina de kerchner giving another propaganda speech, stamping her feet like a little girl and chanting those words…..priceless!!!
    (the only reason there’s new focus on the Falklands from Argentina is they hope to get access to any oil that may be found….so the corruption can continue many years more)


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