Falklands Referendum – self determination in action

10 Mar

As the two-day Referendum on the Falkland Islands gets underway, expectations are that there will be a large turnout of Islanders in support of the question whether or not they should remain British. Referendum

Argentina, on the other hand, has already declared that the Referendum is both “illegitimate” and “irrelevant“, despite the fact that the event has attracted comment from news agencies around the world. Julián Domínguez,speaking in Argentina’s Lower House, maintained that the referendum was just; “another move by the English empire to continue justifying the illegal usurpation of land.” Domínguez stressed that, “the Falklands referendum has no legal international value, therefore, the will of the islanders and the United Kingdom is the same.”

The British Government asserts that the Falkland Islands people are perfectly entitled to decide their own future under the rights granted by the United Nations Charter, and that this Referendum is a way of reaching a conclusion. Its result will be known world-wide and such a free expression of will is unlikely to be ignored by members of the UN.

“We hope the undecideds, or the uninformeds, or those countries that might otherwise be prepared to give the nod to Argentina’s sovereignty claim might have pause for thought after the referendum,” said John Fowler, deputy editor of the islands’ weekly newspaper, the Penguin News. “This is an attempt to say ‘hang on a minute, there’s another side to the story’.”

The Falkland Islands were first claimed by Britain in 1765. France and Spain both had short-lived settlements on the Islands whilst Argentina’s attempt to colonise the archipelago met British resistance. Warned to stay away in 1829, Buenos Aires sent a military garrison to seize East Falkland in October, 1832. This was ejected by the Royal Navy in January 1833. Argentina’s next attempt to take the Islands by force was in 1982 which led to the brief Falklands War. Argentina was again ejected.

Argentina bases a claim to the Falklands on a supposed ‘inheritance’ from Spain on its independence in 1816. Spain actually maintained its own claim to East Falkland until 1863.


11 Responses to “Falklands Referendum – self determination in action”

  1. Don Alberto March 11, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    On Reuters: Residents of the Falkland Islands started voting on Sunday in a sovereignty referendum that seeks to counter Argentina’s increasingly assertive claim over the British-ruled territory.


    – making their mark on international media.

    • Nico March 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      Very good! I share the views of pluralism and humanism. I’m from Argentina and I consider absurd all movements that threaten the peace of diversity. Have long attempted to contact people of the archipelago postcard to initiate social ties.
      Somehow the political should be the sovereignty of the people. not the corrupt interests of haughtiness disuse.
      Even the culture of other countries with spurious interests exclusively mercantilist shot away resolution possibilities.
      Therefore, dear Don Alberto. if you’re in Falklands. I invite you to start a social contact with me. for begin to end the cynical wars ..

      * Perhaps some time swap pennants.

  2. Don Alberto March 11, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Mahatma Ghandi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    • Nico March 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      “Recognizing that the essential rights of man are not derived from one’s being a national of a certain state, but are based upon attributes of the human person.”

  3. CLopez March 14, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Self-determination is not granted to an implanted population. Source: Western Sahara case @ ICJ.

    Sorry, try again.

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