Uruguay Ministers declare Falklands Referendum a “NATO ploy”

25 Mar

The Defence and Foreign Ministers of Uruguay have spoken out against the recent referendum carried out by the people of the Falkland Islands in exercise of their right of self-determination despite Uruguayan lawmakers acting as observers to the democratic process. Referendum 2

Luis Almagro, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister, said that the; ” .. colonial enclave in the Malvinas is unacceptable and must end soon through diplomatic means. We insist that UN General Assembly Resolutions must be complied which means beginning to talk.”

Also speaking on the subject of the Falkland Islands, Defence Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro was quoted as saying; “Now Germany has borders with Argentina, because as we all know in Europe the orders are given by Germany. We also have France in the Guyana which is considered part of metropolitan France; Curacao is Dutch, in other words a NATO base. The next world war, if there is one will be for natural resources and we have abundant resources in South America. We have to prepare to defend ourselves, but together because no one country can face such a challenge, not even Brazil. “

Speaking about the referendum, he said; “It is something which lacks all logical reasoning, it is an absurd and ridiculous effort by the Foreign Office not to comply with UN resolutions calling for bilateral dialogue.” Huidobro went on to add that the referendum was a ‘farce’ and only part of NATO’s strategy to keep bases in the region.

There is a small British military base on the Falkland Islands which has been maintained at a minimum level since Argentina’s attempt to seize the archipelago by force in 1982, resulting in the Falklands War. The Royal Navy also maintains one warship in the area. NATO’s remit does not extend to the South Atlantic however, and Britain is not in breach of any relevant UN Resolutions as confirmed by the UN’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in December.

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One Response to “Uruguay Ministers declare Falklands Referendum a “NATO ploy””

  1. Don Alberto March 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Huidobro: “We also have France in the Guyana …; Curacao is Dutch”

    An effort to make Germany, France and the Netherlands support the United Kingdom?

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