“Hard to understand why a country of 45 million threatens the Falklands with 3.000 inhabitants”
A member from the Falkland Islands’ elected Legislative Assembly said it’s hard to understand why a country of 45 million people like Argentina insists in threatening a country of 3.000, and underlined there’s not a single Islander who wants to be an Argentine.
MLA Dick Sawle interviewed on Sunday by the Buenos Aires TN news channel said that measures imposed by the Argentine Government in claiming sovereignty such as “restrictions on flights, controls on fishing, among others, are strong enough threats against the Islanders; it’s inexplicable how a country with 45 million inhabitants can threat a country with a population of 3,000.
“We want to live in peace with all our neighbours, including Argentina and that is what we have been trying to do”, said MLA Sawle insisting that “all countries respect our fundamental right to self-determination”.
Likewise Sawle complained that only Argentina does not respect our right to self determination.
Furthermore MLA Sawle assured that the intention of the Falklands elected Government is to “establish a dialogue with Argentina as we believe that the government of President Cristina Fernández will always follow peaceful means for discussion.
”We are only asking to let us decide our own future, our right to self determination”, said Sawle who denied point blank that the Islands population was implanted, “the Islands population is made up from all over the world”.
MLA Sawle indicated that “we have 250 Chileans, people from St Elena, 500 of them, we’re just 3.000 but it’s a mix from all over the world, there’s nothing implanted but I can assure you I never came across a single person who wants to be ruled by Argentina, this is essential because we’re talking of self determination”.
To end, MLA Sawle remarked that “The Falkland Islands administration is not dependent on the United Kingdom”.
The Falklands are autonomous, financially self sufficient, run the budget with a surplus and have reserves invested overseas.