A leading ally of President Mauricio Macri's precarious coalition in Congress and chair of the Lower House Foreign Affairs committee, held another special session to address the September UK/Argentina Joint Statement, which she argues is not an accord or treaty, but nevertheless strongly questions the South Atlantic chapter which calls for lifting economic sanctions on Falklands' trade, fisheries, connectivity and oil development.
I disagree with the text of the statement, but I do not believe it is a treaty, said lawmaker Elisa Carrió during the debate on the issue agreed by Susana Malcorra and Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan last September, and also invited to the debate International Law experts, notorious Kirchnerite personalities such as Daniel Filmus the ex-head of the Malvinas Issues department and ex ambassador in London, Alicia Castro, plus militant Malvinas veterans.
As expected a clear majority said the joint statement was in effect an international treaty, and some believe it was mostly drafted by the Foreign Office. The only voice in support of lawmaker Carrió was ambassador Guillermo González, and old hand in the Argentine ministry and currently president of the Argentine delegation to the Administrative Committee of the River Plate shared with Uruguay.
The statement does not have the characteristics of an international accord and thus does not commit the sides, said ambassador Gonzalez who nevertheless defended the Argentine government's position to yield and accept UK pretensions of facilitating air links with the Falklands/Malvinas as long as they call in Argentine territory.
”The alternative to this is to keep waiting for a moment when our (sovereignty) rights are naturally recognized, he added who also underlined that United Nations General Assembly Resolution 20/65, which acknowledges the existence of a dispute over the Islands sovereignty is outdated.
However his words were immediately questioned by ex ambassador Alicia Castro who said the statement was in effect an international accord and that the wording includes three times words related to accord. She also claimed that Malcorra was ready to facilitate UK's oil and fisheries industries in the South Atlantic and for this the government is prepared to endorse legislative changes, which have been approved to protect the natural resources belonging to the Argentines.
Ms Castro also recalled that during her years in London in more than an occasion the Foreign Office had approached her with similar initiatives regarding Falklands oil, fisheries and air links, very similarly drafted and which obviously were dumped.
Filmus the former head of the Malvinas affairs office under the Kirchner administration rejected the fact that Resolution 20/65 was outdated and again denied the Falklands' self determination arguing Falkland Islanders were implanted by the British Crown and as such are part of the colonization process.
The debate, which Carrió said is scheduled to continue in the coming weeks, came a day after President Macri called on coalition members to stop publicly bickering and squabbling, and after hosting the controversial lawmaker for a long dinner at the presidential palace.
Apparently Carió has been very critical of Malcorra particularly on what she describes as three major blunders: the wording of the joint statement, convincing Macri to sofen its criticism of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and the Chavista regime, and finally openly aligning the Argentine government in support of Hillary Clinton in the recent US election.
In effect the joint statement had already been debated in the Lower House with the attendance of deputy minister Carlos Foradori, in absence of Malcorra, who was strongly questioned for having missed the invitation. Carrió took the opportunity to again express her disenchantment with Malcorra and which caused a hilarious reply: to be honest she didn't turn up because I didn't invite her”
Allegedly Carrió with a long political career, including running for president, supports air links to the Falklands with calls in Argentine territories, and the joint exploitation with UK of hydrocarbons and fisheries in the disputed waters.