Monday, December 19th 2005 - 20:00 UTC

Argentina recalls 40 anniversary of Resolution 2065

Argentina called on the United Kingdom to comply with the international community's request to resume bilateral sovereignty talks with the purpose of reaching a peaceful, fair and long lasting solution to the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty controversy.

The occasion was the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations Resolution 2065 of December 16th 1965 calling on Argentina and the United Kingdom to begin negotiations on Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty, which is considered an Argentine diplomacy historic benchmark.

Argentine Foreign Affairs minister Jorge Taiana said that the British government has systematically ignored the UN call to sit round a table and negotiate the South Atlantic islands sovereignty.

"Forty years since the approval of Resolution 2065, the Argentine government reaffirms its legitimate sovereignty rights over the Malvinas, Georgias and South Sandwich islands plus surrounding maritime spaces which are an integral part of its national territory", said the official release commemorating the 1965 event.

December 16, 1965 the United Nations approved by an ample majority to invite both sides, Argentina and the United Kingdom, to begin bilateral negotiations on the South Atlantic islands, under British control, which where described as under a "form of colonialism".

"This comes from the fact that the United Kingdom occupied the Islands by force in 1833, expulsing the Argentine inhabitants and authorities, preventing them from returning and replacing them with British settlers", indicated the Argentine Foreign Affairs ministry release.

Finally the release points out that the historic event was followed by yet another nine resolutions from the United National assembly and 41 from the Decolonization Committee or C-24, which have been ignored by the British.

The General Assembly 2065 Resolution states that, "Having examined the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas),

"Taking into account the chapters of the reports of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples relating to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), and in particular the conclusions and recommendations adopted by the Committee with reference to that Territory,

"Considering that its resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960 was prompted by the cherished aim of bringing to an end everywhere colonialism in all its forms, one of which covers the case of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas),

"Noting the existence of a dispute between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the said Islands,

"1. Invites the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to proceed without delay with the negotiations recommended by the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples with a view to finding a peaceful solution to the problem, bearing in mind the provisions and objectives of the Charter of the United Nations and of General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) and the interests of the population of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas);

"2. Requeststhe two Governments to report to the Special Committee and to the General Assembly at its twenty-first session on the results of the negotiations".

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