Argentina’s Complaint to the UN

6 Sep

Annex to a letter dated 13 August 2012 from the Chargé d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to write to you regarding a matter of great sensitivity not only for my country, but for the entire region: the question of the Falkland Islands. Once again I take advantage of your firm commitment to international peace and security to condemn the United Kingdom’s unilateral military activities in the South Atlantic, which can only be understood as a further hostile act and a provocation directed by a military power against a peaceful region.

Argentina has no doubt about its sovereignty rights over the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia Islands and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, which have now been occupied by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for almost 180 years and are the subject of a sovereignty dispute. The United Nations has recognized this dispute through many resolutions, in which the parties were urged to solve it by resuming negotiations. The United Kingdom, however, refuses to discuss this issue with the Argentine Republic.

The situation in the South Atlantic has deteriorated as a result of the United Kingdom’s constant unilateral actions; in July, it again conducted military exercises, including the launching of missiles from the Falkland Islands, in the disputed area. In October 2010, the Argentine Government strongly protested to the United Kingdom and the competent maritime safety bodies and rejected the conduct of military exercises in the disputed area as an unacceptable provocation.

In addition to the actions described above, the United Kingdom periodically sends warships, some of them with nuclear capabilities, to “patrol” the South Atlantic (at this very moment, the destroyer HMS Dauntless is on its way to the Falkland Islands); large numbers of military personnel are deployed on the Falkland Islands; and, in early 2012, a media event surrounded the deployment to the Falkland Islands of the second person in the line of succession to the British throne, in his capacity as a senior officer of the British Army, to perform air and sea exercises.

In this connection, Argentina wishes to remind you of the report that was hand delivered to you on 10 February 2012, in which you were alerted to the United Kingdom’s increasing militarization of the South Atlantic, which is creating unnecessary tension and constitutes an affront to the entire region as reflected in the many statements issued by the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), the Rio Group, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and others.

Once again, the Argentine Government reiterates its strong support for your continued good offices and gratefully acknowledges your valuable contribution in that regard. In this context, it wishes to state that the United Kingdom’s latest military actions in the South Atlantic demonstrate even more clearly the urgent need for the United Kingdom to heed the exhortations deriving from your mandate and to fulfil its obligation, as a Member State of the United Nations, to resolve disputes peacefully in accordance with the principles set out in the Charter of the United Nations and the relevant resolutions.


11 Responses to “Argentina’s Complaint to the UN”

  1. Ben September 6, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    It’s not fair, they won’t leave so we can invade again.

  2. Don Alberto September 6, 2012 at 10:29 am #


  3. brucey-babe September 6, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Negotiate ? The FIG are more than willing to negotiate with Argentina.

  4. wacky September 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Argentina sound like a child, it’s not fair. It was them that caused UK to bring forces here 30 years ago, remember you invaded!

  5. Folcrom Tafazah September 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Is Argentina run by lunatics with severe memory issues?
    They tried to take the islands in 1832. Britain took them back in 1833.
    They tried to take the islands in 1982. Britain took them back again in 1982.
    Naturally Britain is going to place defense force on and around the Islands.
    Irrespective of what the Argentine Government has said,
    their actions show they clearly can’t be trusted.
    It’s like expecting a wolf to not attack sheep in the absence of a good sheep dog.

  6. andy skinner September 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    So Argentina buying and building a new airforce is not considered militarization then?

    Shame they are considered display aircraft by the RAF.

    Argentina claim the islands were theirs, but this was never the case, so why do they want the islands, two reasons, it takes their populations mind off the crazy antics of the Kitchner family and their despotic ideals and of course the oil

  7. paul September 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    we are fullfilling our obligations to the u nor n charter by giving the people of the falkland islands the right to self determination the repeated actions of argentina provee that it is not in the intrest nor will ever be the wishes of the islanders to ever be argentine and who can blame them there is no doubt a removal of ourgarrison their and they would be all over it in another colony land assimulation forced subdegation of foriengn peoples ,it surprises me that considering their own history and the fact that most of then are spanish german italian etc decent that what the british people have proved to them time and time again is that we stand our ground until the end hit us and we break that hand but yet we have the best human rights a nd deplomacys in the world we are the mist tollert people in thae world

  8. Bloke September 8, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    If you check on google earth you’ll see that Argentina has far more naval and air assets in the south atlantic than the small garrison we have on the islands. We should definitely send a complaint to the UN.

  9. alister mac intyre September 10, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Leave the Bennys alone they-ve had enough crap from any one with a hole to breath though Hi to everyone in the Globe and Vic

  10. Chris.Davison September 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Argentina’s real claim is a ‘proximity claim’ because The Falklands are on ‘their’ continental shelf. This type of claim makes Cuba part of the USA . Argentina should also be condemned for teaching false history in their schools. Every Argentine student believes
    that ” Argentina was expelled by force in 1833″ when not a single Argentine claims to have ancestry which was “expelled by force in 1833”

  11. Don Alberto September 17, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    Argentina has no doubt about its sovereignty rights over the Faeroe Islands, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Fair Isle, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Cap Verde Islands, the canary Islands, Tenerife, Funchal, St. Helena and Africa – they are in the same ocean as Argentina, aren’t they?

    Argentina also has no doubt about its sovereignty rights over France – Buenos Aires is called the Paris of South America, and Paris is the capital of France.

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