Argentina claims the Falklands are a “global issue”

25 Sep

At the United Nations on Tuesday, Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, claimed that her country’s claim to the British Falkland Islands had become a “global issue.”

Speaking at the opening of the 67th session of the United Nations in New York, Fernandez said; “This is not a bilateral issue between Argentina and United Kingdom, it has become a global issue to end the last vestiges of colonialism, 180 years ago the United Kingdom usurped our Falkland Islands. We are not asking to sit and say that we are right. We ask that they talk.”

Argentina claims that a British force ousted an Argentine settlement on East Falkland Island in 1833, but makes no mention of the protest made by the British Government to Buenos Aires when their intention to seize the archipelago became clear in 1829. The British claim goes back to 1765.

Argentina’s President restates her claim every year before the United Nations although there has not been a UN Resolution on the matter since 1988.


4 Responses to “Argentina claims the Falklands are a “global issue””

  1. andy skinner September 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    To be clear Britain discovered the uninhabited islands, in 1592 from the ship Desire.

    Argentina has no rights to the island except through geographical closeness which if this was employed worldwide, there would be many changes many for the worse.

    The UK left settlers on the islands who have grown and developed their own society, and therefore deserve to continue as they so wish.

    When you consider argentina was formed by Spanish and portuguses settlers, would CFK be happy if they asked for their land back.

    The main difference is of course, indigenous peoples. The Falklands were un-inhabited, Argentina was not. Argentina continues to poorly treat the remaining indigenous peoples in a colonial fashion, much like Britain once employed but ha since developed into a mature nation.

    Argentina, with its threats of invasion, poor treatment of indigenous people, and inability to control money, proves it is an immature nation and needs both UN sanctions against it, and possibly UN observers

    • Clematys October 9, 2012 at 7:37 am #

      Britain “discovered”?????? Discovered????

      That is the same speak of the European colonizers who went around the World stealing lands from other people.

      Keyword: Decolonization.

      European colonialism and imperialism is giving space to a more stable World. The colonial holdings and trading posts will be returned to their modern owners. The UK will have to let it go. Make no mistake.

      • lordton1955 October 9, 2012 at 7:46 am #

        Britain will only have to let go if the Islanders demand it. Argentina has no say. Argentina has no rights. Argentina has not achieved anything since raising her spurious claim in 1829.

        Repeated failure is all Argentina has to show.

  2. Mauricio Corrales Radanich September 29, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    hay muchas comparaciones, es muy lamentable, versiones diferentes sobre un mismo problema, quien y cuando empezó? si fue colonia o usurpación? he vivido la experiencia de una guerra inútil que lo único que facilitó la restauración de la democracia en 1983 y la desaparición de un sector de gobierno prepotente y autoritario, creo que es necesaria una revisión de la historia con más dialogo.

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