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.
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.