Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner thanked Peru for the military support and having made available aircraft, missiles and pilots in the conflict with Britain over the Falkland Islands back in 1982.
During an official two day state visit to Peru and talking on Tuesday before Congress Mrs. Kirchner also blasted the United Kingdom for insisting in holding on to “the last colonial enclave” in the continent and for which it should feel “ashamed”.
“The last colonial enclave that subsists in our continent should make Britain feel shameful because we are living in the XXI century, and we still have to endure such situations”, said Mrs. Kirchner to great applause from Congress members.
The Argentine president also underlined and praised Peru for the military support during the 1982 conflict with Britain over the Falklands, “with no hesitations Peru made available to our country Mirage aircraft, missiles and pilots to combat next to our Argentine pilots and boys”.
In interviews with local radios Argentine Foreign Affairs minister Jorge Taiana also talked extensively about the current Falklands’ conflict pointing out that the “unilateral” British decision to exploit natural resources in Malvinas waters is a very serious incident which not only affects Argentina, but also the whole region.
“I believe that supporting Argentina in rejecting the British unilateral position, contrary to UN mandates, the whole region is acting in solidarity with legality, and is also defending itself”, said Taiana.
He added that “the British unilateral attitude of exploring for hydrocarbons in an area which does not belong to them and is under documented litigation clearly and offensively ignores international law”.
In her speech before Congress Mrs. Kirchner deplored that following Peruvian support to Argentina in the Malvinas 1982 conflict, “Argentina in 1995 sold arms and munitions to Ecuador in the midst of war with Peru” over border disputes and which after several weeks fighting ended in 1998 with a peace understanding.
Mrs. Kirchner recalled that at the time she was a Senator and severely criticized the government of President Carlos Menem for having engaged in such sales when Argentina was also a guarantor and mediator of the conflict which dates back to 1942.
“I was extremely critical because I considered it an institutional offence to a country that under the administration of President Fernando Belaúnde, whom I wish to honour, made available to Argentina Mirage aircraft, missile and pilots”, underlined Mrs. Kirchner.