Argentina’s Foreign Minister is coming to London next month in an attempt to forward his country’s claim to the Falkland Islands and diminish the importance of the Islands’ referendum due to be held in March.
Claiming that his ‘conference’ will be attended by 80 ‘leading figures’ from Europe who have, according to Argentina’s Foreign Ministry, been calling for Britain to negotiate over the archipelago, Hector Timerman is expected to explain why the right of self-determination does not apply to the Falkland Islanders.
The event, planned for February the 6th and 7th is private, and hosted by Argentina’s Ambassador to London, Alicia Castro, at her home. Counter arguments, showing that Argentina has never had a claim to the Falklands, are not expected to be allowed.
Argentina’s Government is claiming ‘unprecedented’ international support for its claims although apparently unwilling to back that up with any evidence.
The right to self-determination is granted to ALL peoples under the United Nation’s Charter signed in 1945. The UN itself recommends that the best way to determine what a people want is for a plebiscite or referendum to he held. The Falkland Islands Government is planning just such a referendum in March 2013 to ask the people there whether they wish to remain British.
Argentina claims that 2013 is the 180th year since its fledgling colony was removed by force in 1833. There is no mention that 2013 is also the 184th year since Britain warned Buenos Aires to stay away from the British Territory, or that 2013 is the 248th anniversary of Britain claiming the South Atlantic archipelago.