Fernandez accuses the UK of disobeying UN orders

17 Jan

During a visit to Indonesia this week, Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, criticised the United Nations Security Council saying that the Falkland islands were a; ” .. clear example of how permanent Members used their status to disobey UN orders, thus showing the UN’s double standards.” 523775-cristina-kirchner

This was a clear reference to the United Kingdom’s permanent seat on the UN’s senior Council and its refusal to negotiate over the sovereignty of the Falkland islands.

Argentina’s erroneous position is that the UK is in breach of UN General Assembly Resolutions calling for the two countries to discuss the situation in the South Atlantic. This despite the recent reassurances of the UN’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, that the UK was not in breach of any relevant UN Resolutions. Additionally, while Security Council Resolutions are mandatory, those of the General Assembly are merely ‘advisory’ and carry little real weight. Security Council Resolution 502, issued after Argentina’s illegal invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982 called for Argentina’s immediate withdrawal, but was disobeyed resulting in the Falklands War.

Kirchner’s comments come on the back of a call by members of the South Atlantic Zone of Peace and Cooperation, for Argentina and the UK to negotiate over Argentina’s claims.

The Falkland Islands were first claimed by Britain in 1765 whereas Argentina claims to have inherited a title from Spain on its independence in 1816. Spain maintained its own claim to East Falkland until 1863 when it recognised British sovereignty with a diplomatic mission.

The Falkland Islanders are due to hold a referendum to decide their future status in March. Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to defend their decision.

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3 Responses to “Fernandez accuses the UK of disobeying UN orders”

  1. Bloke January 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    I think “lol no”, is about the most appropriate response.

    1965 – UN general assembly ‘invites’ Britain and Argentina to settle the dispute peacefully
    1973 – UN general assembly ‘calls on’ Britain and Argentina to avoid unilateral actions altering the status quo
    1982 – Argentine animals INVADE the islands
    1982 – UN SECURITY COUNCIL resolution 502 DEMANDS the immediate withdrawal of Argentine forces from the islands.

    Now argies, which part of the invasion of 1982 was in keeping with your “obligations” as per the two previous resolutions? And your country complied with SC resolution 502, did it?

    No? Didn’t think so. Argentina killed its chances at playing the “WAAAAH THE BRITISH AREN’T OBEYING THE UN” card on april 4th 1982. You effectively killed the resolutions Peron lied so hard to get passed.

    Also funny that you now mint coins to celebrate the day you shagged your own legal case completely, innit 🙂

  2. Clematys January 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Brit nationalists keep pushing their imperial and colonial arrogance at their own peril. It appears they have learned nothing from past experience and are laying the ground once again to get a very nice kick in the butt in a few decades time. That will be very funny.

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