Argentina’s growing desperation

4 Mar

Argentina’s Ambassador to the UK, Alicia Castro, again weighed in to the Falkland Islands dispute yesterday, alleging that next week’s referendum in the Islands was just a “silly game,” and “100% predictable.” Alicia Castro

Castro compared the referendum to London’s China Town deciding it wished to become a separate territory and added; “We think it’s irrational that this very small community should obstruct relations between two sovereign nations and, more than that, should obstruct the relations between the United Kingdom and the whole Latin American region.”

The Ambassador also produced Marcelo Kohen, an Argentine professor of international law at the University of Geneva, whose views, unsurprisingly, supported those of his Government. “Different human communities have different rights,” he said, and; “not all are entitled to the right of self-determination … only peoples have the right to self-determination. The General Assembly has not recognised the existence of a separate Falklands people and so the General Assembly has not recognised the applicability of the principle of self-determination to the islands.”

As the United Nations has been dealing with the peoples of the Falkland Islands for the past 67 years, this conclusion is somewhat surprising. Indeed, every year, the UN’s Decolonization Committee listen to representatives of those very people that Mr. Kohen does not believe to exist.

The referendum is an opportunity, under the remit of the UN Charter, for the Falkland Islanders to decide their own future. This is a fundamental Human Right that even Argentina has supposedly signed up to. The fact that it is taking place at all is a clear demonstration of the growing maturity of the Falklanders’ as a people with political aspirations. This maturity and confidence seems to be rattling some cages in Buenos Aires. Keen to dismiss the referendum as “irrelevant“, it is perhaps a sign of Argentina’s desperation that the country is giving the referendum so much coverage.


6 Responses to “Argentina’s growing desperation”

  1. Robert English March 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Very sad , it’s getting really boring !

  2. none required March 5, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    It’s apparent that the Argentine government thinks nothing of the population of the Falklands. You do not exist to them. Believe me, they only want what is not theirs,..your land. It is their nature, their culture.

  3. Don Alberto March 5, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    lots of gooble-de-gook from Argentines.

    It is very simple.

    The official title of the decolonisation committee is:

    “The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence of Colonial COUNTRIES and PEOPLES.”

    “Comité Especial encargado de examinar la situación con respecto a la aplicación de la Declaración sobre la concesión de la independencia a los PAÍSES y PUEBLOS coloniales.”

    If the Falkland Islands situation belongs under this committee, then the committee acknowledges the inhabitants as a people.

    • CLopez March 6, 2013 at 1:44 am #

      Hahaha talking about desperation!

      • Don Alberto March 6, 2013 at 3:48 am #

        Why do you think the C-24 committee is desperate?

  4. lornefirth March 6, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Geologicly the rock on the Falklands is the same as S Africa should they not have claim.I have a tooth somewhere down there,do I have a claim…..!

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