Unthinking Alicia Castro

13 Feb

Alicia Castro, Argentina’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, is quoted yesterday as saying that tri-lateral talks over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands is “unthinkable,” and that next month’s referendum on the Islands, “.. has the spirit of a publicity campaign, with no legal effect on the sovereignty dispute”. Alicia Castro

“In 1985 the UN told the UK that a referendum of that kind would not be recognized by that body…  Trying to incorporate  into the dialogue a government from the Islands which is not recognized is unthinkable: dialogue is bilateral, UK and Argentina”.

Speaking in London the Ambassador went on to accuse the British Government of, “militarizing” the South Atlantic which presented a “risk.”

The reference to 1985 is rather new in Argentina’s often narrow interpretations of historical events. Following the Falklands War in 1982, the United Nations were concerned that the two combatants, Britain and Argentina, were not prepared to renew diplomatic relations. As a result of this concern, and recognising that the South Atlantic archipelago was the object of Argentina’s invasion in April 1982, the General Assembly issued a Resolution every year until 1988 calling for negotiations. Diplomatic relations were re-established in 1989 – although Falklands sovereignty was not discussed.

During the course of the debate preceding the 1985 Resolution, Britain suggested amendments to reinforce the Islanders’ right to self-determination. Argentina, which laid greater emphasis on territorial integrity, argued that a reference to the Charter’s enshrined right of peoples to self-determination, would bias any negotiations against their claim. There was no mention of a referendum.

The amendments were not accepted although subsequent statements from the UN’s General Assembly continue to assert the right to self-determination of all peoples which, following the ICJ’s Kosovo decision, is now recognised as superior to “territorial integrity.” Argentina refuses to recognise the Kosovo decision.

Last year, the Secretary-General of the United Nations confirmed that the UK was not in breach of any UN Resolutions and since that time, the Argentine Government has concentrated on the 1985 Resolution; ignoring the others. Britain first claimed the Falklands in 1765 whereas Argentina claims that the British kicked them off the islands in 1833.


13 Responses to “Unthinking Alicia Castro”

  1. lornefirth February 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    argentinia government is like a little child I want I want how do you expect anybody to take you seriously

    • Fernando February 15, 2013 at 12:17 am #

      Deberian tomar en serio a un pais que a lo largo de centurias ha reclamado el territorio de malvinas por diferentes gobiernos de diferentes partidos politicos, en cuanto a la militarizacion, es un hecho!, hay una base inglesa en las malvinas, con esto decimos todo!. no?

      • lordton1955 February 15, 2013 at 1:25 am #

        Lots of claiming – but no evidence to support those claims.

      • Clematys February 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

        The queen is not wearing an invisible coat Lord, nor a transparent one. For most people she is just plain naked and brandishing many literal smokin guns.

  2. lornefirth February 16, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    invisible coats,smokin guns; children just children,we will take them seriously when they grow up.

  3. Don Alberto February 17, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/43/105, 75th plenary meeting, 8 December 1988

    Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination

    The General Assembly,

    Reaffirming the importance, for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights, of the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and embodied in the International Covenants on Human Rights, as well as in the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples contained in General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960,

    Welcoming the progressive exercise of the right to self-determination by peoples under colonial, foreign or alien occupation and their emergence into sovereign statehood and independence,

    … anything else?


  4. Edu February 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Or colonialism or imperialism. In these times the government is confused with the policy, in these lands there are other problems, perhaps it depends on the decision of the islanders, start their autonomous existence. An official level, another informal level … I would like to exchange stamps, nice the that have been issued by the referenda next


    Argentine contact: nickolinoc@yahoo.com

  5. Fernando February 20, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    “Cuando hay voluntad hay solucion”

    • Don Alberto February 20, 2013 at 4:04 am #

      – pero no hay ninguna voluntariedad, sólo acoso del gobierno de Argentina.

      La solución es simple – dejarlos solos.

      La población de las Falkland Islands no quieren ser Argentinos como van a demostrar en pocas semanas.

      • Clematys February 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

        As if … is that don lord sir dame or … leave me alone?

      • Fernando February 21, 2013 at 2:02 am #

        La poblacion de Malvinas siempre a lo largo de decadas dinamito todo acuerdo entre el gobierno de su majestad y la Republica Argentina, si no hubieran sido tan reacios, la guerra no hubiera sucedido, el gobierno de su majestad siempre estuvo de acuerdo en escuchar el reclamo de soberania de mi pais, el problema era la poblacion de malvinas que nunca, nunca, quiso escuchar lo que nosotros queriamos dar. Por eso es totalmente NULO este referendum, puesto que es hecho por ciudadanos britanicos en un territorio Argentino. Repito, repito, no son “ciudadanos isleños”, son CIUDADANOS BRITANICOS. EL acuerdo de este territorio en disputa se va dar entre el gobierno de su majestad y la Republica Argentina, asi se tarden 500 años mas. Verdaderamente, la guerra fue una pesadilla y un ERROR de mi pais, pero eso no invalida el reclamo de la Republica Argentina que es totalmente valedero.

      • lordton1955 February 21, 2013 at 3:40 am #

        Actually no – the British Government in the 1970’s would not recognise Argentina’s spurious claim to sovereignty and saw that the Islanders had gained rights under the UN Charter that could not be ignored. Hence the precondition in all negotiations that the Islanders had/have the right to say “yes” or “no”.

        They are an Island people. They are recognised as such by the UN. Their referendum is entirely legal. Argentina and the rest of South America may choose to ignore it, but many other countries in the world will recognise that the Islanders have the right to choose.

        Argentina’s claim cannot be invalidated, as it was never valid in the first place. History supports the British claim and that is the truth regardless of Argentine distortions.

      • Don Alberto February 21, 2013 at 5:10 am #

        Fernando writes: “Por eso es totalmente NULO este referendum, puesto que es hecho por ciudadanos britanicos en un territorio Argentino.”

        Dream on – the fat lady is singing, so we know it is over.

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