Timerman to complain to the UN – again!

23 Mar

Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman is due to hold meetings this coming week with both the United Nation’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and the president of the Special Committee on Decolonization, Diego Morejón Pazmiño. United-Nations

The meetings are due to be held in New York and Timerman is expected yet again to raise his country’s claim to the British Falkland Islands.

Argentina maintains that the United Kingdom is in breach of several United Nations’ Resolutions demanding that the UK sit down and negotiate the issue of sovereignty over the Islands with the Government in Buenos Aires. The recent display of self-determination by the Falkland Islanders through the process of a referendum, has disturbed the Government of Cristina Fernandez which wishes to discuss the matter with the two figures at the UN.

Ban Ki-moon has recently rubbished the idea that the UK, as a permanent member of the UN’s Security Council, is in breach of any relevant UN Resolutions on the subject of the Falkland Islands. Pazmiño, on the other hand, does not believe that the Falklands should be on the UN’s decolonization list as he does not think the matter is one concerning decolonization but is purely a sovereignty dispute.

Argentina claims that British forces destroyed their fledgling colony on East Falkland in 1833 after they had ‘inherited’ the archipelago from Spain in 1816. The UK’s claim however goes back to 1765 and the British Government in 1829 clearly warned Buenos Aires of its ownership, and to stay away. Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982 but were thrown off by a British Task Force.

Argentina raises the issue every year at the UN but there have been no UN General Assembly Resolutions on the matter since 1988.

4 Responses to “Timerman to complain to the UN – again!”

  1. Anomalous March 24, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    This maybe the opportunity for Ban Ki-moon to tell Tinman that he should have sat down at the empty chair meeting if he was so desperate to discuss the Falklands.

    If they actually mention the ‘inheritance’ claim, then someone should point out that Spain did not give up their claim until they acknowledged British sovereignty in 1863, or that even if they had claimed in 1816, the islands had been under Montevideo’s control, been evacuated for 5 years & no one from Argentina visited the Islands until 1824 and even then they only stayed for 6 months. Jewett doesn’t count, because he only stayed to repair his ship and pirate another, then failed to inform Argentina that he’d claimed the islands. Furthermore, despite claims to the contrary, there is not one single document supporting the claim that Jewett was sent to the islands on purpose and he would have to be the most inept navigator if that was true, because he was travelling around the South Atlantic for months before arriving at the Falklands.

    Whilst Pazmiño is at it, he can remove Gibraltar as well from that decolonisation list. Both the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar are sovereignty disputes where the people overwhelmingly want to remain British. They have no business being in the C24 committee at all.

    • Don Alberto March 26, 2013 at 12:30 am #

      ” there is not one single document supporting the claim that Jewett was sent to the islands on purpose”

      – not only that, but Jewett didn’t even mention his “taking into possession” in his 13 pages report to the Buenos Ayres government.

      A very strange slip of mind, assuming he had been sent to the Falkland Islands to declare sovereignity for Buenos Ayres and even more strange that the government did not remind him of it afterwards.

  2. Geoff O'Grundle March 24, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Will Timmerman be wearing his ‘I❤ pope' T-shirt to the meetings?

    • Andrew March 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

      Problem is that the UN gets money from members who want to air nonsense at the Decolonization Committee, the only colony the committee ever removed from its office list without recognising self-determination was West Papua – which the UN did after the US paid it $100m. Legally West Papua is still a non-self-governing territory and also a UN trust territory but the Decolonization Committee will not admit that so long as the US is mining the gold and paying its UN fees. But where as the US wants West Papua off the Committee’s list, Argentina wants the Falklands kept on the list. It’s how the UN ensures it gets its fees paid.

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