Argentina gains new, broad support from United Nations in claim over Malvinas
Today, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie headed the Argentine delegation which participated in the session of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization in New York that addressed the Question of the Malvinas Islands. At the meeting, a new resolution urging Argentina and the United Kingdom to resume bilateral negotiations so as to resolve the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas Islands was approved by consensus.
Faurie was joined by Argentine senators Federico Pinedo, Julio Cobos and Rodolfo Urtubey; the Governor of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands Province, Roxana Bertone, and the Argentine representative to the UN, Martín García Moritán, among other officials.
In his first intervention at the Committee, the Foreign Minister underscored that the "Question of the Malvinas Islands is a major historical issue for all Argentines," and stated that "this is recognized in the First Transitory Clause of the Argentine Constitution." "Malvinas is an issue that goes beyond governments and political and partisan differences: it is a true State policy," he explained.
In his address, the head of the Palacio San Martín noted that the passage of time "has neither undermined the validity of our rights nor weakened our conviction that this sovereignty dispute should be resolved through negotiations between both sides." He also renewed the Argentine Government's "full willingness" to resume negotiations.
In addition, he urged the United Kingdom to "end unilateral acts of exploration and exploitation of natural resources in the area under dispute", in accordance with United Nations resolutions, and renewed his plea to "strengthen the South Atlantic as a peace zone."
The Foreign Minister reiterated President Macri's desire to "begin a new stage in our relations with the United Kingdom, based on the bonds that have historically united the two countries."
"This new framework has enabled a series of advances in trade, investment, science and technology, education and culture, security, and human rights," stated Faurie, highlighting the agreement reached between Argentina, the United Kingdom and the International Committee of the Red Cross for the identification of unknown Argentine soldiers buried at the Darwin cemetery in the Malvinas Islands.
Finally, the Foreign Minister thanked the Committee members for their support for the adoption by consensus of a new resolution that "renews the historical call" issued by the United Nations to "resume negotiations and find a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute as soon as possible."
Buenos Aires, 23 June 2017
Meeting on identification of soldiers
Today, Foreign Ministry authorities received representatives from the Commission of Relatives of the Fallen in the Malvinas and the South Atlantic Islands and from the Confederation of Malvinas Veterans of the Argentine Republic, and reiterated that the initiative to identify unknown Argentine soldiers buried in Darwin cemetery is a strictly humanitarian issue.
During the meeting, which lasted over an hour, all the participants' concerns were addressed and it was also reiterated that the humanitarian initiative will be undertaken by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in accordance with the provisions of the documents signed in London by the Argentine Republic, the United Kingdom and the Red Cross, in December 2016.
Both the initiative and the activities to be performed fall under the sovereignty safeguard formula adopted in the 1989 Madrid Statements.
For the Argentine Government, fallen soldiers are war heroes, whose remains will not be sent to the continent unless expressly requested by the family directly concerned, once the process is concluded.
In addition, it was confirmed that field tasks will be exclusively performed by a team of forensic experts appointed by the Red Cross, two of which will be Argentinian.
Finally, a commitment was made to communicate to all parties involved in this process the concerns expressed, and it was reiterated that the Foreign Ministry will always be open to dialogue.
9 March 2017
Press release No. 062/17
Military flights between Malvinas Islands and Brazilian airports
The Argentine National Directorate of Air Traffic Control informed the Malvinas Directorate that the British Royal Air Force made at least six military flights between Brazilian airports and Mount Pleasant during 2016.
The Foreign Ministry instructed the Argentine Embassy in Brazil to take the necessary steps at the local Foreign Ministry to convey concern about the situation. In addition, Brazil was reminded of its commitment to refrain from receiving at its airports and ports any British military aircraft or warship from the disputed islands, in accordance with the position adopted by MERCOSUR and UNASUR.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry reaffirmed its support for our country on the Malvinas issue, stated that it was unaware of these flights and committed itself to making enquiries with the local Ministry of Defence.
Moreover, démarches were made to the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires, whose response was similar to that of the authorities in Brasilia, pointing out that the flights were probably related to humanitarian issues or emergencies caused by technical difficulties.
According to Malvinas Directorate records, during 2015 there were 12 similar flights from Brazil detected by the Argentine Air Force. Daniel Filmus, the Ambassador at the time, made similar enquiries of the Brazilian Ambassador to Argentina and steps were also taken by our Embassy in Brasilia. The responses in both cases were similar to those received in January 2017.
01 March 2017
Press release No. 054/17
Question of the Malvinas Islands: Malcorra thanked CELAC countries for support
Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra participated in the 5th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in the Dominican Republic and expressed gratitude for the firm support for the legitimate rights of the Argentine Republic in the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas.
“I am particularly grateful for the support we have received once again from CELAC member states as regards our rights over the Malvinas Islands. I thank all of you and value our joint work to keep this matter and other issues, in the spotlight”, stated Malcorra during the meetings held yesterday in the Dominican Republic.
“In the face of a world with major contradictions and uncertainties, CELAC is an opportunity, emerging as an organization representing a space where its members co-exist within the largest peaceful territory in our planet and in which we are determined to work in order to build agreements, united in our differences, and to do this better every day”, remarked Argentina’s Foreign Minister at the meeting that gathers 33 countries of the region.
"Many of the problems posed by this difficult global context can only be addressed jointly. The UN 2030 agenda to which we have all adhered should be our guide in facing the challenge of eradicating poverty and inequality in our continent. This is an agenda that places human beings at its core and aims at not leaving anyone behind, establishing in Goal 16 that without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law, the sustainable development we all aspire to cannot be achieved”, Malcorra further stated.
Malcorra also invited everyone to the upcoming CELAC-EU meeting to be held in Buenos Aires, where the global drugs problem will be specifically addressed. "We believe that it will provide an opportunity to work jointly on a common agenda,” she added. Finally, the Foreign Minister recalled that this year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Launching of South-South Cooperation and extended an invitation to a meeting to be held in Argentina to discuss matters relating to that mechanism.
26 January 2017
Press Release No. 016 /17
Question of the Malvinas Islands: Argentina reaffirms its sovereignty rights and reiterates its call for dialogue, on the 184th anniversary of the british usurpation
Today marks the 184th anniversary of the usurpation of the Malvinas Islands. On 3 January 1833, United Kingdom military forces expelled the Argentine population and authorities legitimately established in the islands, replacing them with British subjects. The Argentine Republic immediately protested this illegitimate act of force and at no time consented to it.
From the very beginning of its existence as an independent country, the Argentine Republic expressed, through Government acts, its strong political will to exercise its effective sovereignty over the southern territories and maritime spaces inherited from Spain.
Today, the Argentine people and Government once again reaffirm the imprescriptible sovereignty rights of the Argentine Republic over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands, and the surrounding maritime areas.
The First Transitory Clause of the Argentine Constitution establishes the permanent and non-renounceable objective of recovering full exercise of sovereignty over said territories and maritime spaces, in accordance with the principles of international law and respecting the way of life of the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands. This objective is a State policy and embodies an aspiration of the entire Argentine people.
In 1965, through the adoption of Resolution 2065 (XX), the UN General Assembly recognized the existence of a colonial situation in the Malvinas Islands and took note of the sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom, calling upon the two governments to solve it through bilateral negotiations. Along the same lines, another nine resolutions of the General Assembly have been adopted, as well as annual resolutions by the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization.
Moreover, in accordance with Resolution 31/49 of the UN General Assembly, the Argentine Republic urges the United Kingdom to refrain from engaging in unilateral acts in the area under dispute, particularly in connection with the exploration and exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources.
Our region has unanimously supported the legitimate sovereignty rights of the Argentine Republic through several statements at the Summits of Presidents of the MERCOSUR Member and Associate States, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Likewise, other multilateral and regional fora have declared their support for the resumption of negotiations, including the Organization of American States, the Group of 77 and China, the Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA), the Africa-South America Summit (ASA), and the Ibero-American Summit.
The Argentine Republic reiterates its strong commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes and respect for international law, and invites the United Kingdom to strengthen the dialogue started last year, with a view to resuming negotiations aimed at finding, as soon as possible, a peaceful and definitive solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, as repeatedly requested by the international community.
Buenos Aires, 3 January 2017
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