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Timerman comments on the Falkland Islanders and Jewish settlers ‘offend’ MPs

Wednesday, February 6th 2013 - 18:50 UTC
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MP Cairns blasted Timerman for dismissing Falkland Islanders self-determination on the obscure reason that it's a territory rather than a country or a nation MP Cairns blasted Timerman for dismissing Falkland Islanders self-determination on the obscure reason that it's a territory rather than a country or a nation

British Member of Parliament Alun Cairns, and a member of the All Party Group on Argentina, said he was offended by some the comments made by Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman during their meeting to discuss the Falklands issue on Tuesday in the House of Commons.

”Effectively, he (Timerman) dismissed the right of self-determination to the Falkland Islanders on the obscure reason that it's a territory rather than a country or a nation“ said MP Cairns.

The Conservative Tory MP for the Vale of Glamorgan and Welsh Assembly member also said he took offence at Mr Timmerman's comments comparing the Islanders with the Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Dismissing the referendum as illegal Timerman said “it is something that doesn't mean anything because if you ask the colonial people who came with a colonial power and replaced the people who were living in the Islands, it is asking the British citizens of the Malvinas Islands if they want to remain British”.

Timerman likened it to asking only new Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories if they want to remain Israeli.

The Argentine minister also surprised the MPs when asked about developing relations with the Islanders as a way of reaching a settlement. “I don't have to persuade them. The United Nations says there is a conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina. I don't have to persuade anybody. We have to apply international law and accept the resolutions, if not the UN becomes a body that is only useful when it backs the powerful.”

Likewise he said that “nobody is interested in changing the way of life for the inhabitants of the Malvinas”, adding that “what we do believe is that the 5-thousand square kilometers that are in dispute should be resolved and they (the British government) shouldn't continue to put off talks or make excuses over who should be seated at the table.”

Timerman had been due to meet with Foreign Secretary William Hague, but last week Timerman refused to accept that Falkland Islands representatives should be present if the Falklands’ issue was to be considered in the talks.

Hague later declined Minister Timerman request for a one-on-one meeting, and insisted on bringing in members of the Falkland Islands Government, which Argentina does not recognize as legitimate

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  • briton

    Aircraft carrier's bridge heads to sea
    The barge will set out on its real journey tomorrow – to return in two years time in control of the world’s most advanced aircraft carrier
    We to are offended,
    Enough is enough,
    Today I lose respect for a supposed government that claims one thing, and then blatantly abuses British citizens,
    Come on Britain, tell them where to go,

    Feb 06th, 2013 - 07:07 pm 0
  • reality check

    He's not here asking for talks, he's here to present demand and that will not go down well. One thing for certain, he has made everyone here realise what a travesty it would be to have British subjects governed by lunatics like this!

    Well done Mr Timmerman, you have strengthened the resolve of the UK more than you will ever know.

    Feb 06th, 2013 - 07:07 pm 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    Lol illegal aliens can't have a referendum, are Mexicans in USA and gypsys in UK given the chance to have a referendum or are they just deported? O sure maybe white people get a better deal under the UN of white people, give us a break how stupid do this idiots think we are, it is at times like this that one thinks that political assassination is the best way to deal with corrupt leaders. UK is a joke full of racist Muslim haters.

    Feb 06th, 2013 - 07:07 pm 0
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