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Falklands claim and UN chief post bid', “not incompatible” for Argentine minister Malcorra

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 05:53 UTC
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“What we have been saying regarding the Malvinas is what we have said since the day we took office ... and I see no incompatibility” between that and becoming secretary-general, Malcorra said “What we have been saying regarding the Malvinas is what we have said since the day we took office ... and I see no incompatibility” between that and becoming secretary-general, Malcorra said
The secretary-general is chosen by the 193-member General Assembly on the recommendation of the 15-member Security Council, of which UK is a permanent member. The secretary-general is chosen by the 193-member General Assembly on the recommendation of the 15-member Security Council, of which UK is a permanent member.

Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra said on Friday she believes there's no conflict of interest between her bid to be the next U.N. secretary-general and her ministerial work including pressing Argentina's sovereignty claim over the disputed Falkland Islands.

 Buenos Aires has long claimed sovereignty over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, a British Overseas Territory which Argentina tried to take over by force with a military invasion in 1982, finally repelled by a Royal Navy Task Force. Furthermore, making use of its right to self determination, the Falklands overwhelmingly confirmed in the 2013 referendum to remain as a British Overseas Territory.

As foreign minister Susana Malcorra has lobbied for Argentina's claim and recently brought it up when President Mauricio Macri met with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Argentina regularly raises the issue at the U.N. Decolonization Committee or C24.

“What we have been saying regarding the Malvinas is what we have said since the day we took office ... and I see no incompatibility” between that and becoming secretary-general, Malcorra said at a news conference in Buenos Aires, without explaining further.

The secretary-general is chosen by the 193-member General Assembly on the recommendation of the 15-member Security Council, of which the United Kingdom is a permanent member.

Traditionally the secretary-general job has rotated among regions, and people from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe have all held the post. Some in eastern Europe, including Russia, argue that their region has never had one of their own as secretary-general and it is their turn.

A group of 56 nations has also been lobbying for the United Nations to get its first female chief. Malcorra is a former U.N. undersecretary-general and chief of staff to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose term ends Dec. 31.

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  • James Marshall

    Unless of course you think that as Foreign Minister it is OK to lie....

    http://www.mrecic.gov.ar/en/argentina-presented-today-outer-limits-its-continental-shelf

    but this is what they really ended with....

    http://www.mrecic.gov.ar/en/argentina-presented-today-outer-limits-its-continental-shelf

    You couldn't even put this down to 'jumping the gun', ...'in 2009 two senior diplomats and the head of COPLA (an agency of the Foreign Ministry) were present at the Commission in August 2009, when the decisions were taken to instruct the sub-commission to give no consideration to the parts of the submission related to disputed territories and to Antarctica.'

    So they knew all along that these areas would not form part of the submission so decided instead to lie to the general public and the world. It seems it is in their blood to lie without embarrassment in order to promote their claims.

    So yes I would think there is an issue my dear, you have openly lied, without shame and you think that qualifies you to be trusted as the next SG. Maybe in Argentina lying is celebrated as a worthy characteristic. But the rest of the world looks on in with much amusement and a sprinkling of embarrassment for you.

    May 28th, 2016 - 08:44 am 0
  • Brit Bob

    Falklands claim and UN chief post bid', “not incompatible”

    But there's that Usurpation!

    and those UN Resolutions!!

    https://www.academia.edu/21721198/Falklands_1833_Usurpation_and_UN_Resolutions

    Drat. It was just another fairy tale.

    May 28th, 2016 - 09:12 am 0
  • Skip

    British veto!

    QED

    May 28th, 2016 - 10:33 am 0
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