Brazil came out strongly in support of Argentina’s sovereignty claims over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands and criticized British military exercises in the Islands during his speech on Monday to the Americas Defence ministers’ conference taking place in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
“In the framework of examining defence and security issues, Brazil considers inescapable that this conference addresses the fair claims of Argentina over the Malvinas Islands…as has already happened with Mercosur, Unasur and Celac”, said Brazilian Defence minister Celso Amorim. “This is one of the historic controversies pending of our continent”.
Amorin also made reference to his Argentine peer Arturo Puricelli complaints regarding UK military exercises in the Malvinas region scheduled to last until October 19.
“We are concerned with exercises which involve the firing of missiles, as is currently happening in the Islands”, said Amorim according to the copy of his speech distributed to the press since the conference sessions are behind closed doors.
“It should be expected that the conference calls on both sides (Argentina and the UK) to begin negotiations, following on the terms iterated by the UN General Assembly” concluded the Brazilian minister in his support speech for Argentina.
Amorim also rejected the concept of a continental defence system arguing that cooperation among countries in the Americas on this issue should be founded on “new premises” mainly since the Cold War is behind and “we have the conformation of a multi-polar world”.
“To diminish errors and increase correct answers we must adapt to the changes that have occurred in the world and in our region”, added Amorim.
“And today an anachronism: if we wanted to have a really inter American system, we continue to isolate Cuba”, underlined the Brazilian minister.
However “in today’s world it is prudent to avoid any kind of action that could have an incidence over the primary competences of the UN Security Council, which despite its limitations and shortfalls, remains the main body in issues of peace and security”.