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“Relations with Britain can't be limited to the Malvinas issue”, says Malcorra

Tuesday, December 8th 2015 - 08:40 UTC
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Malcorra said British PM Cameron's gesture of phoning president Macri can only be described as positive. Malcorra said British PM Cameron's gesture of phoning president Macri can only be described as positive.
“We must find a way to solve the Malvinas issue, but this does not mean we have to cancel all dialogue with the United Kingdom”. “We must find a way to solve the Malvinas issue, but this does not mean we have to cancel all dialogue with the United Kingdom”.
Macri wants the South Atlantic issue to be addressed globally, because there are many areas of concern “and properly dealt can lead to a win-win situation”.    Macri wants the South Atlantic issue to be addressed globally, because there are many areas of concern “and properly dealt can lead to a win-win situation”.

Argentina's next foreign minister Susana Malcorra, who will have the task of reestablishing relations with 'all countries', including those with which there are pending or difficult situations, made it a point to underline British Prime Minister David Cameron's gesture of phoning president elect Mauricio Macri to congratulate him on his victory.

 “With Europe we have very positive signals, with Spain and Italy, culture, history is on our side; French president Francois Hollande will be visiting Argentina next February, Germany has promised economic and technologic support and even with Britain, Cameron's gesture of phoning president Macri can only be described as positive”, said Malcorra.

Further on she argued that “to believe that relations with Great Britain are limited to the Malvinas issue is to say the least an 'over simplification' of those links. Yes we have an area of dissent which are the Malvinas Islands and we must find a way to address and solve the issue, but this does not mean we have to cancel all dialogue with the United Kingdom. We have areas of common interest where to advance”.

”The president (Macri) wants the South Atlantic issue to be addressed globally, because there are many areas of concern and properly dealt can lead to a win-win situation. There is the whole issue of Antarctica. We are not going to deny our claims, but it will be done in the context that this is one of the issues of our relations with the United Kingdom, but it certainly it's not all“, pointed out the future minister who until recently was cabinet chief of UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon.

However asked specifically about how the new government will address the Falkland Islanders, if 'aggressively' as under president Cristina Fernandez, Malcorra said it was an issue which must be addressed in depth and in a more wider context, ”but I'm not going to say so now“.

Malcorra added she is not imposing policies, but rather following instructions from president Macri, based on principles such as those Argentina has adhered through history and this because what is signed must be respected. ”This leads to basic trust in that Argentina effectively has a state policy and, if you join, you play by the rules“.

Likewise ”there will not be an ideological approximation to matters in regional or global platforms. All that which serves Argentine interests will be used in a mature way, no antinomies”. In other words pragmatism and non ideological.

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  • Buzzsaw

    ”...what is signed must be respected. This leads to basic trust in that Argentina effectively has a state policy and, if you join, you play by the rules“.

    So, is that the one they made up a few years ago in their constitution, or the one they signed in 1850?

    Dec 08th, 2015 - 09:30 am 0
  • tHroUGH_THE_lOOKING_GlASS

    “There is the whole issue of Antarctica. We are not going to deny our claims”

    I warned everybody YEARS AGO!! Argentina's next government will be more intelligent and pivot the Antarctic question with cunning and as I have recommended for a long time!

    Why is it that nations that like on the other extreme of the latitude spectrum, in the year 2020 ( MID 21st century almost 100 years after the COLONIAL/IMPERIALIST era was ended), are still claiming a territory in another continent and hemisphere? Forget whether they have reasons or not (they really don't), even if they had the best arguments... it's the 21st CENTURY and colonial ambitions are over, this according to THEM!

    Argentina will now point the hypocrisy of this.

    I have always said the Falklands are British, the people there should decide. Antarctica has no population to speak for it (except for Argentines born there), no self-determination to decide, and no cultural links to Europe. So European claims to it are nothing but a LAND GRAB, and no one can wiggle out of that one.

    Macri's more sophisticated foreign policy will tend to ignore the Falklands but highlight the Antarctic question. I have no doubt that also Argentina's presence in the region will be strongly reinforced in the coming years, and the ice-breaker will be quickly and finally repaired.

    Dec 08th, 2015 - 09:48 am 0
  • chronic

    Kelpers got a little over enthusiastic about the election of Macri.

    News Flash: The malvinas still belong to the rottingroadkillians!

    Left, right - they're are still rottingroadkillians.

    Better watch out for those lefties back in Britain - they'll saw the branch off on you in a heartbeat.

    Dec 08th, 2015 - 10:08 am 0
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