Argentine President Cristina Fernández called on the UK to “give peace a chance” in an advertisement article published Thursday on British, Indian and Russian newspapers ahead of her presentation later in the day before the UN Decolonization Committee demanding sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
The Head of State made the plea on the day that marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Falklands conflict when a British Task Force ousted Argentine forces that had invaded the Islands 74 days before on 2 April 1982.
According to the half page ads published in The Times and The Guardian in UK, there have been 39 United Nations resolutions requiring Argentina and the UK to negotiate a peaceful solution in order to end the dispute.
“On January 3rd, 1833, a British naval force expelled the Argentine legitimate authorities and population from the Malvinas Islands. Ever since then, Argentina has relentlessly demanded their restitution before national and international forums, she wrote.
She went on to ask British people to put an end to “colonialism” and to “give peace a chance”. The Argentine president also mentions the Argentine forces defeat in 1982, which were sent to the Falklands by the “worst military dictatorship” ever suffered by Argentina.
We, Argentines, ask all of you – citizens and governments of the world – to put an end to colonialism and to demand compliance with UN resolutions. We ask the United Kingdom to give peace a chance” Cristina Fernandez concluded with her signature stamped at the end of the ad.