Friday, January 27th 2012 - 02:28 UTC

Alicia Castro is Argentina’s ambassador to London; last posting was Venezuela

Argentine President Cristina Fernández appointed Alicia Castro, 62, as ambassador to the United Kingdom, and the British government has accepted her credentials, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

A former unionist and lawmaker Ms Castro will hold a crucial post at a very special moment

Ambassador Alicia Castro known for her strong nationalist stance, previously worked as an Argentine ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 2006 until December 2011.

Originally from the union sector, she has been involved in politics most of her life and worked extensively as national lawmaker for the Buenos Aires province.

“In this occasion, the Argentine Government would like to call the British Government once more to return to dialogue in compliance with the United Nation’s resolution on the matter of the Malvinas Islands’ sovereignty,” the Ministry’s statement read.

The London post was vacant since 2008 when the last ambassador Federico Mirré retired and was not replaced as a way of expressing the Argentine government’s disappointment with the UK over the Falklands/Malvinas issue.

These last few weeks have seen an escalade of exchanges between Buenos Aires, London and Stanley on the South Atlantic Islands issue, the latest of which from President Cristina Fernandez presentation on Wednesday on her return to office having completed her medical leave.

The Argentine president said her government will continue to insist with the same current policy of claiming the Malvinas in all world forums but with no “intemperate shouting or xenophobe gestures”. However she made time for ironic comments on accusations “calling us colonialists and the bad guys, the violent guys of this picture”.

Last December 21st Cristina Fernandez had anticipated that “very soon we will have an Argentine ambassador in Great Britain, because thirty years (since the 1982 war) is a long time”.

Ms Castro a former air stewardess was chairperson of the Argentine Association of Air Stewards and member of the Lower House from 1997 to 2005. In 2006 she was named by former president Nestor Kirchner ambassador in Venezuela, a post considered at the time crucial given the financial assistance from the Hugo Chavez government and political coincidences with the populist Caribbean leader.

While a member of Congress she’s remembered for an incident back in May 2002 when in the midst of a heated debate on bankruptcies and foreclosures she walked up to the desk of the president of the Lower House  and planted a US flag.

“If the Argentine congress is going to limit itself to being the IMF notary, I suggest you act with honesty: bring down the national flag and continue the debate under the US flag”.
 

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1 Lord Ton (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 03:27 am Report abuse
“ ... compliance with the United Nation’s resolution ...”

Which one? They're all dead!
2 wanklord (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 03:46 am Report abuse
Seems that president Cristina Fernandez doesn't want to nominate a qualified diplomat for such critical and sensible position in London - maybe she's afraid that someone with the right credentials may explain her that the current policies toward the Falklands are not the most appropriate.
3 Malvinero1 (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 04:13 am Report abuse
diplomat for such critical and sensible position in London - maybe she's afraid that someone with the right credentials may explain her that the current policies toward the Falklands are not the most appropriate
Sure they should send the boxer loro,to figth for them...
UNGA res are alive and well....for your misfortune..
4 tobias (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 04:30 am Report abuse
A veritable sinecure if there ever was one.

Along with its counterpart UK representation in Buenos Aires, now here we have two lonely and basically useless posts.
5 Beef (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 06:51 am Report abuse
If the Foreign Office wish to call on her do thy simply press the stewardess button by the seat and ask her for a gin & tonic?
6 Viva Las Falklands (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 08:10 am Report abuse
Rather than be mature Kirchner and act in a diplomatic she has decided to appoint a mini cris. I am sure she will continue the bellicose sabre rattling of her boss.
This current attitude may well be music to the ears of Chavez and his like but it does nothing for the Islanders. At the end of the day her royal highness Cristina will have to convince the Islanders. Perhaps she needs to take note of the “Guido di Tella” approach which certainly obtained a number of concessions for the argentines in the past.
But them again that wouldn't help her poll rating.
7 Dan4 (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 09:01 am Report abuse
Q: What do you call a career diplomat in Argentina?
A: Unemployed, because all relevant vacancies are filled by political appointees without expertise in International Relations.

Argentina is a nice place. It's a shame it's run by amateurs.
8 Conqueror (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 12:15 pm Report abuse
Sra Castro is going to have a busy time!

“The Government of the United Kingdom strongly objects to your economic blockade of the Falkland Islands.”

“The Government of the United Kingdom strongly objects to your harassment of fishing vessels.”

“The Government of the United Kingdom strongly objects to your failure to act in compliance with the UN Charter.”

“The Government of the United Kingdom strongly objects to your illegal pronouncements that affect ”right of innocent passage.”

And those are only the messages she will be required to convey to CFK on her first day!

After that she'll have a quiet time. The UK has nothing to say to Argentina about the Falkland Islands. Why should it have anything to say to a wannabe argie dominatrix?
9 ChrisR (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 02:59 pm Report abuse
What a complete waste of time sending this woman to London.

Given her past 'career' if you can call it that, and her fixation with the Falklands (there are no Malvinas) CFK's wasting the first class airfare sending her to The Court of St. James's.

Being a very polite people no-one put forward by a bona-fide country has ever been refused accreditation to the Court: but maybe she will be the first.

What an opportunity wasted, but why are we not suprised.
10 ElaineB (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 07:16 pm Report abuse
It will be quiet on the social side. Not many invites.
11 Beef (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 08:08 pm Report abuse
Why did she stop being an air stewardess? Was it because she has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp?
12 McClick (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 08:33 pm Report abuse
(7) ~ not straight away that Argentina is a sombrio pais which is ruled
by highly professionals but by subcontractors not by amateurs.~
13 briton (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 08:41 pm Report abuse
Federico Mirré retired and was not replaced as a way of expressing the Argentine government’s disappointment with the UK
[So now you except , that you have no chance, .,we knew that all the time ]

CFK said her government will continue to insist with the same current policy of claiming the Malvinas in all world forums but with no “intemperate shouting or xenophobe gestures

And then promptly calls us colonialists and the bad guys, the violent guys of this picture
[Typical child, always has to get the last insult in, even when she is the liar

[][ ] Ms Castro a former air stewardess []
Apparently she refuses to reveal whether she was in the
MILE HIGH CLUB or not ,
Not an interesting thought.

.
14 Frank (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 08:52 pm Report abuse
@13 “Apparently she refuses to reveal whether she was in the
MILE HIGH CLUB or not , ”
Given the choice of fighting her or xxxxxxx her I would choose the former.... obviously the botox queen doesn't want to be upstaged by any good looking women...
15 Pugol-H (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 08:56 pm Report abuse
We do the same as this posting, look at how many UKIP MEPs we send to the European Parliment on salaries, expensis(second salary) and pensions.
16 briton (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 09:34 pm Report abuse
14 Frank
and i bet they both paid with plastic .lol.
17 McClick (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 10:16 pm Report abuse
Who is botox queen ? Elizabeth ?.... not possible.
18 Malvinero1 (#) Jan 27th, 2012 - 11:40 pm Report abuse
compliance with the United Nation’s resolution ...”

Which one? They're all dead
No they are not...They are alive and well..Only in your sick mind they are dead.
uk iS DEAD of ideas..and full of debts....Just start working,lazy bum
19 briton (#) Jan 28th, 2012 - 12:03 am Report abuse
oh look a child,
and he utters
20 Malvinero1 (#) Jan 28th, 2012 - 01:03 am Report abuse
oh look a child,
and he utters
AHAHAHA the chimp infant talks!!
Miracle!!
21 briton (#) Jan 28th, 2012 - 11:55 am Report abuse
AHAHAHA the chimp infant talksMiracle!!Malvinero1
AHAHAHA
22 Malvinero1 (#) Jan 28th, 2012 - 12:42 pm Report abuse
AHAHAHA the chimp infant talksMiracle!!Malvinero1
AHAHAHA
I can see you are a parrot now...inferior entity...
How is the bombshell chimp?The uk debt???
Are you getting any toys(aircraft) or something like that?
23 briton (#) Jan 28th, 2012 - 08:02 pm Report abuse
Malvinero1
AHAHAHA the coward infant talksMiracle!!Malvinero1
AHAHAHA
I can see you are a parrot now...inferior entity...
How is the bombshell chimp?The uk debt???
Are you getting any toys(aircraft) or something like that?

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