Spain & Argentina to Unite at the UN over the Falklands and Gibraltar

26 Sep

Argentina and Spain agreed on Thursday to team up to pressure the United Kingdom to discuss their separate claims on British territories: the Falklands in the south Atlantic and Gibraltar near the southern tip of Spain

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, reached the agreement in New York on the sidelines of the General Assembly. The Argentine Foreign Ministry reported that; “They discussed the common ground regarding sovereignty disputes over the Falklands and Gibraltar; they agreed on joint measures to press Great Britain to comply with the mandate from the United Nations.”

The two countries have a long history of solidarity over Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

In the recent spat between London and Madrid over the rocky Mediterranean outpost that Spain ceded to Britain 300 years ago, London rejected a Spanish proposal for bilateral talks on Gibraltar. Britain says it will respect the wishes of Gibraltar’s 30,000 people, who have repeatedly stated they want to remain British.

Similarly, the British Government has long maintained that it will not discuss sovereignty over the Falklands, first claimed by Britain in 1690, without taking into account the islanders’ wishes. A recent referendum in the archipelago confirmed, by an overwhelming majority, that the Islanders’ wished to remain British. Argentina has previously made two attempts to seize the islands by force – in 1832 and 1982; in both cases British forces ejected the invaders.

Gibraltar and the Falklands are on a UN list of non-self-governing territories that are subject to a process of decolonization; and the UN in its Resolution 1514 of 1960 recognises that all peoples are entitled to the right to determine their own futures. There are currently no ‘relevant’ UN Resolutions on the issue of the Falklands as confirmed by the Secretary-General in an interview last year.


2 Responses to “Spain & Argentina to Unite at the UN over the Falklands and Gibraltar”

  1. Don Albert September 30, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    – and then again:

    Malvinas/Falklands joint claims: Spain denies Timerman, calls UK a “friend”

    Malvinas/Gibraltar: Garcia Margallo admits coincidences, but “no joint actions” — MercoPress

    España … refutó a Timerman sobre Malvinas

    España desmintió la versión de Héctor Timerman sobre un acuerdo por Gibraltar y Malvinas

    – so, no!

    Timerman is not exactly the most trustworthy source.

  2. Jeffery Cole. October 5, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    G’day. The present agitation from Spain in particular smacks of distraction, and Argentina’s interests whilst historically also have been used as a distraction from internal strife are more about resources these days.

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