Foreign Minister Timerman can go to bed tonight and dream of owning the Falklands in twenty years if he wishes, but there’s not much reality to it, pointed out a Falklands’ lawmaker reacting to the Argentine minister’s statements on Tuesday to the UK media.
“Timerman forecast that the Falklands will be under Argentine control within twenty years is a pretty extraordinary optimistic statement for home consumption and nothing to do with reality”, said Member of the Legislative Assembly Mike Summers.
“We have heard from a previous Argentine president (Carlos Menem) that the flag was going to be flying over the Falklands by the year 2000. The flag was flying but it wasn’t his” recalled MLA Summers when he was asked to comment Mr Timerman latest remarks.
“I think Mr Timerman can go to bed tonight and dream of owning the Falklands in twenty years if he wishes, but there’s not much reality to it” said MLA Summers who has a vast experience in Falklands’ politics and in dealings with the Foreign Office and the Argentines.
“These are things that Timerman says for home consumption. They have nothing to do with reality and I don’t think he has no particular plan in place to move the Argentine claim”, added MLA Summers.
Likewise as to international acknowledgement, Mr Timerman claims that half the world supports Argentina and nobody supports the British or the Falkland Islands position “when in fact we know quite the opposite, particularly when we are talking of sensible countries”.
Finally MLA Summers said that members of the Legislative generally are reasonably content with the way things are going on the national front with the coming referendum, and “we’re content that the levels of support we get from sensible countries around the world is growing”.