Monday, October 31st 2011 - 02:36 UTC

Ibero-American summit calls for dialogue on Falklands/Malvinas Islands’ sovereignty

Nations from the Ibero-American bloc reaffirmed the need for the resumption of Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty negotiations and called on the UK to avoid carrying out “one-sided” actions, such as exploiting resources and military action.

Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo was the host of the meeting, which as usual included the King of Spain, Juan Carlos  (L)

“The Heads of State and governments of the Ibero-American countries reaffirm the need for the Argentine Government and that of Great Britain to resume as soon as possible, the negotiations to find a solution as soon as possible, to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and adjoining maritime spaces” based on the principle of territorial integrity stated the resolution put together at the 21st summit of Ibero-American leaders that took place Friday/Saturday in Paraguay.

The Declaration recalls the UN and OAS statements in support of negotiations and underlines “the permanent willingness for dialogue showed by Argentina” and insisted that “unilateral actions referred to exploitation of resources do not help to reach to a definitive solution to the territorial dispute”.

Further on it points out to the military exercises undertaken by the UK “including the firing of missiles from the Malvinas Islands territory” is “incompatible with the constant policy of finding a peaceful solution to the territorial controversy”

The statement supported by the heads of state and government from all Ibero-Latin American nations underlines the succession of UN General Assembly resolutions which call on the Secretary General to proceed with his “good offices” contacts so that negotiations can resume to find as soon as possible a peaceful solution to the dispute.

The summit convened under the goal “Transformation of the State and Development” in its final declaration also made reference to the international financial crisis, social inclusion and social universal protection with the State playing a leading role in eradicating poverty.

A special mention was made to the need to put an end to the economic and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

The Ibero American summit brings together Spain, Portugal and Andorra and all Latin American nations. The Ibero Latin American Secretariat operates from Spain and its secretary general is Uruguay’s Enrique Iglesias.

This Asuncion meeting was not particularly successful since eleven heads of government and state did not show up, the Spanish leader is a lame duck since most probably his party will be ousted from office in the November 20 elections. For Paraguay it was particularly frustrating since none of the leaders of Mercosur full members (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay) attended.


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1 xbarilox (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 02:57 am Report abuse
yes, it's official, the UK is f*cked :( perhaps it is because of what you did to Poland long time ago, who knows.
2 Beef (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 06:36 am Report abuse
Xbox - the UK is f*****? Care to show me how you have come to this conclusion as this Monday morning feels jut like any other. I see this summit has done nothing of any significance to support Argentina.

We already have a peaceful solution, Argentina leaves the Falkland Islanders to get on with their own lives.
3 lsolde (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 09:55 am Report abuse
No negotiations & Argentina drops its ridiculous claims & apologises.
4 GeoffWard2 (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 11:43 am Report abuse
“Nations from the Ibero-American bloc . . . . ”

Does the world know that this new 'bloc' exists?
Does it have a remit to trade as a bloc?
Is it politically coherent, like a political bloc?
Does this mark the withdrawal of Spain, Portugal and Andorra from the bloc known as The European Union?
Where is the USA and Canada? If not, why not?

”The (Ibero-American Summit) was not particularly successful -
eleven heads of government and state did not show up,
none of the leaders of Mercosur full members (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay) attended.”

[Full Members:
Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Associate members:
Equatorial Guinea, The Philippines, Puerto Rico.
Future members:
Belize & East Timor.]

This was only around a 50% failure to attend so it was not too bad,
and its spectacular success totally overshadowed the Unasur summit that was taking place concurrently in a side room.
5 Idlehands (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 12:07 pm Report abuse
If the Argentines themselves couldn't be bothered to turn up then it says a lot for the prominence and importance of this organisation and this proclamation.
6 ExPat 1987 (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 01:40 pm Report abuse
Union Jack flying in the Falkland Islands this morning....enough
7 Conqueror (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 02:31 pm Report abuse
Another pointless statement from yet another pointless organisation. Just look at some of the members. Argentina - on its way down the tubes. Cuba - down the tubes. Portugal - down the tubes. Spain - on its way down the tubes. Venezuela - on its way down the tubes.
8 Sergio Vega (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 03:57 pm Report abuse
What can teach us countries as Spain and Portugal if they also have colonies in the Atlantic Ocean too far from their capitals ? Remember Melilla, Ceuta & Canary Is. and Madeira Is. nearer to African countries that they can belong to them instead those European countries.
Waht´s doing UNASUR or the Ibero - American Meeting about tha French Guyana that is a Department of France instead a self governed overseas territory ? Nothing at all, just disturb F.I. under the Argentine pressure....
It smells as double standard at least, don´t you think ?
Why those organizations don´t waste their time and money in the most important things for the American population, like economy, health, education, inmigration, enviroment and others inside each country and don´t bother others that quietly and peacefully are developing their own capabilities and resources to face the new world´s situation.
9 JoJo (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 04:30 pm Report abuse
ah, yes, the proximity argument again. So, why doesn't Hugo Chavez claim Curacao then, that's only 30km off the Venezuelan coast?
10 Room101 (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
All these articles on the Falklands are linked to one end- pressurise for negotiations. Take the toe-in-the-waters one and reactions to it, about possible appointment of an Argentine Ambassador to London.
Such a move might have merits for Argentina's continued publicising on the Falklands: someone placed in London, with the accompanying blare of trumpets, so far as the present government there may opine, puts Argentina on the “world stage” at a time that the EU is in dire straits; and weakened; and China, a willing or reluctant friend of Argentina, is a major investor, and now has real influence in all economic spheres. There may be a possibility of getting UK national press coverage, eventually, about the Falklands.
Some people take the long term view on these things.Everything will be tried; any approachable thread that is perceived in the UK sovereignty position. The mere acceptance of Talks undertaken about the Falklands would begin a precedent, even if these failed totally. The issue is much larger than at first appears: it encompasses the whole South Atlantic region, as well as the Antarctic. In the centre is the fate of the most important issue: the Falklands people and their long-established way of life.It is ths that is easily overlooked in the discussions on resources and historical and geographiocal claims.
11 O gara (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 07:57 pm Report abuse
a very discerning post Room.It sums up the way things are moving over a long period of time.The planters are naturally wedded to English control but as London pays London decides.When London reaches the stage of free movement of peoples they may obtain some significance
12 xbarilox (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 08:06 pm Report abuse
they will one day... I love youtube heeheehee
'The flag of Islam will be over Downing Street, and Queen Elizabeth will wear the burqa'
13 Room101 (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 08:16 pm Report abuse
Yeah, and all the red double decker buses will be green.
14 xbarilox (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 08:43 pm Report abuse
@ 13 why green? they will be painted black with the inscription الله أكبر in white
15 Room101 (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 10:37 pm Report abuse
Because green is the traditional colour of Islam
16 xbarilox (#) Oct 31st, 2011 - 11:08 pm Report abuse
@ 15 don't be ridiculous, in Islam green represents different things, like black, white, red, there is nothing like “the traditional colour of Islam” in different moments and times you'll wear one colour or the other.
17 Room101 (#) Nov 01st, 2011 - 08:36 am Report abuse
The buses, therefore, choose to wear green in this context of your quoted moment- and-time. I think that to be deliberately colourblind would be ridiculous.
18 lsolde (#) Nov 01st, 2011 - 09:31 am Report abuse
Green is my favourite colour.
19 GeoffWard2 (#) Nov 01st, 2011 - 10:59 am Report abuse
Thanls, Sergio #8,
it really did need a South American born and bred to point out these unfortunate paradoxes.
20 Pirat-Hunter (#) Nov 02nd, 2011 - 10:01 pm Report abuse
Argentine's around the world demand UN and NATO to take action against the occupation of Islas Malvinas Argentina or to allow for a nuclear defence program to be build in Argentina to protect the main land from any farther occupation and theft of land in Argentina. plain and simple.

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