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Falklands should be left to develop and establish links with other regional countries

Friday, March 24th 2017 - 11:43 UTC
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Sovereignty is not in the agenda. “What happens is we both have very clear positions with respect to sovereignty” said Ambassador Kent Sovereignty is not in the agenda. “What happens is we both have very clear positions with respect to sovereignty” said Ambassador Kent

UK ambassador in Argentina Mark Kent reiterated Falkland Islands sovereignty was not in the bilateral agenda, although the two countries can cooperate in other areas of mutual interest, letting the Islanders to develop and establish links with other South American countries.

 During a forum on UK investments in Argentina, held at the University Austral of Pilar, Ambassador Kent was interviewed by students on the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty and the current situation.

“It's not in the agenda. What happens is we both have very clear positions with respect to sovereignty, but this does not mean we can't cooperate in a variety of other issues”, said the UK ambassador.

“It's important we let the Islanders to develop, keep their right to self determination and promote links between the Islands and other regional countries such as Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina”.

However despite Falklands/Malvinas, the UK wants to promote bilateral trade and investment with Argentina, anticipating a post-Brexit scenario.

“The main core of this situation is going to be a greater opening towards all markets, closer links and opening new trade opportunities. We are not going to close ourselves in, Brexit does not mean the beginning of protectionism, rather the contrary” explained ambassador Kent, adding that UK companies would be stimulated to go out into the world and establish trade links with all countries.

And this means the possibility of a free trade agreement between the UK and Mercosur.

More precisely on UK investment in Argentina, Ambassador Kent was very supportive but cautioned this depended on the companies, “it's not a government decision”.

However he admitted that when faced with a more friendly atmosphere, greater legal certainty, more transparency, not only UK companies will be attracted to invest in Argentina.

“I think we are advancing on that path. Currently we have two, three UK companies with investment plans quite advanced , and this is the start, as Argentina moves forward with the current reforms process, we are going to see this reflected in the international community in the form of more investments”, concluded UK ambassador.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Roger Lorton

    Ambassador Kent may find that the Islanders just wish to be left alone and have no great desire to trade with Argentina. Uruguay, Brazil and Chile yes. But there are no warm feelings towards Argentina.

    Mar 24th, 2017 - 10:39 pm +1
  • Briton

    Sorry, but I get the impression that sovereignty is being side lined just to acquire trade deals for profit,

    just my opinion, but I still don't trust the integrity of these politicians,
    but I could be wrong..

    Mar 24th, 2017 - 08:21 pm 0
  • Pete Bog

    Briton

    Wouldn't put it past them, but they'll be caught out if they try. They nearly got away with it in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, but didn't succeed. Luckily too many people watch these people, enough to sound the alarm.

    RL

    “But there are no warm feelings towards Argentina”

    Here the islanders can empathise with Argentina by borrowing their 'blame someone else' psyche, through the strains of South American DNA present in the Islander gene pool.

    ”We'd like to deal with you but can't because your last regime under CFK demonised us. So owing to years of Argentine hostility and bullying we still don't trust you. Therefore using Argentine deflection psychology we'll direct you to talk to CFK and Gollum instead.

    Mar 29th, 2017 - 03:48 pm 0
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