The Argentine Foreign Ministry strongly rebuked comments made by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, the thirtieth anniversary of the start of the Malvinas War and blasted the UK’s “persistent glorification of colonialism”.
PM Cameron yesterday labelled Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands, “a profound wrong.”
A Tuesday communiqué from the Argentine Foreign Ministry used those very words to affirm that “the profound error” was precisely “persisting with colonialism” which “constructs the wellbeing of its people on foundations of military and cultural subjugation, and the plundering of the natural resources belonging to other peoples.”
“That is the story of the United Kingdom, and millions of human beings can give testimony to the fact, still today,” went on the Foreign Ministry’s statement.
On Monday during the South Atlantic conflict commemorations in the UK, Cameron stated that Britons were “rightly proud of the role Britain played in righting a profound wrong,” referring to the Argentine invasion of the Islands.
In the same statements, the UK PM further stated that, “thirty years ago today the people of the Falkland Islands suffered an act of aggression that sought to rob them of their freedom and their way of life.”
The Argentine Foreign Ministry’s communiqué continued to turn Cameron’s words against him, and stated that, “A profound error was expelling the Argentine population from the Malvinas Islands in 1833, violating rights that the Prime Minister says he defends, and implanting, under a forced colonialist plan a British population”.
Another “profound error” is to continue ignoring the territorial integrity of a sovereign country.
What must be done is to correct that “profound error” and put an end to colonial enclaves. The peoples of the world clamour to leave behind the curse of colonialism is countered by military force and the display of nuclear arms from the UK, continues the aggressive communiqué.
It is a “profound error” the persistent conduct of the UK to ignore the multiple UN resolutions and at the same time dangerously debilitating that organization and its mandates to resolve peacefully the conflicts among nations.
“It is also surprising the praise that David Cameron makes of a war adventure that started in 1833 with the invasion of a part of Argentina”. The release adds that “this can only be expected from dictatorships and empires. Democracies such as Argentina’s enshrine peace, negotiations, International law and diplomacy”.
Last but not least “we invite the Primer Minister to reflect on these principles and to abandon any temptation to use this just Argentine cause for an ephemeral political benefit”.