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PM May supports Falklands' self determination; calls on Argentina to meet September joint communiqué

Monday, August 14th 2017 - 18:57 UTC
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”The Prime Minister reiterated the UK Government’s strong and wholehearted support for our right to self-determination. ”The Prime Minister reiterated the UK Government’s strong and wholehearted support for our right to self-determination.

Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated the UK Government’s strong and wholehearted support for the Falkland Islands right to self-determination and underlined UK is seeking a more productive relation with Argentina but cautioned that the full potential of the relationship depends on Buenos Aires meeting the public commitments of the September 2016 joint communiqué.

 The statements are included in the reply letter to the Falklands government congratulations when Theresa May's reelection, and which were released by the Falklands' Legislative Assembly on Monday.

PM May also reiterated her government's commitment to consult and involve British Overseas Territories throughout the Brexit process.

Follows the full release: “PM Theresa May responds to letter sent by FIG following re-election”

“In response to a letter of congratulation sent last month after her re-election, Prime Minister Theresa May responded to the Legislative Assembly earlier in the month.

”The Prime Minister reiterated the UK Government’s strong and wholehearted support for our right to self-determination. She also reiterated her Government’s commitment to consult with and involve Overseas Territories throughout the Brexit process.

“In addition, and in response to points raised in our letter of congratulation, the PM reaffirmed the UK Government’s commitment to working with FIG on issues such as public diplomacy, access to banking services and future hydrocarbons development.

”Finally, the letter noted that the UK Government is seeking a more productive relationship with the Government of Argentina. However the Prime Minister stated that the UK-Argentina relationship will not fulfill its full potential until the Government of Argentina meets the public commitments it made in September 2016.

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  • Roger Lorton

    Highest Court in the Land? And the European Court of Human Rights too, which viewed the Mauritians from Chagos as having been adequately compensated.

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration has held that the Mauritians can rely upon the promises made in the 1960's and 70's that the islands be returned when the British Government are finished with them, although there is some doubt that Mauritius will then allow a group of British citizens with ideas of self-determination back onto the archipelago.

    Now we can look forward to an ICJ decision.

    Will any of it make one ounce of difference? Unlikely. Most countries in the world have a system within their laws of 'eminent domain' which allows the Government to remove people from land when that Government feels it necessary. In the UK we tend to call it 'compulsory purchase', not that anyone in England actually owns land anyway. That has not been an option since the Norman Conquest.

    The removal of the Mauritians from Chagos was not handled well; but they were never listed at the UN as an NSGT and - IMHO - the Human Rights Court was correct. They were well compensated.

    Aug 15th, 2017 - 02:24 pm +6
  • darragh

    Malvinense

    You have the gall to accuse somebody of being ‘brave behind a keyboard’ yet you steadfastly refuse time and time again to answer two simple questions:-

    a) When is Argentina going to apologise for 1982?

    b) Will Argentina enter into negotiations with the Falkland Islanders directly or as a third party?

    By not answering my questions you demonstrate quite clearly that you do not have the courage of your convictions and will not state openly what you obviously believe i.e. that the Falkland Islanders have no rights other than to be included in the Argentine South Atlantic Empire.

    Why not be honest and admit it?

    Continual reference to centuries old events that may or may not have happened is totally irrelevant.

    What is relevant is the Falkland Islanders right, here in the 21st Century, to self-determination and their right to freely associate with whom they wish.

    It is nothing to do with Argentina.

    My apologies to other readers of MP for continuing with this line but as you can see Malvinense is unable or unwilling to be honest

    Aug 16th, 2017 - 02:15 pm +6
  • Terence Hill

    Malvinense 1833
    “accept the challenge and show the world the lies of Kohen.” Why don’t you accept that this same nonsense has been met and refuted previously at http://en.mercopress.com/2017/06/04/falklands-goose-green-commemorates-35th-liberation-day/comments#comment467704
    Kohen is a sophist of the worst kind as he continually makes assertions without the backing of legal judgements, simply his own personal opinion, which legally makes such claims worthless.
    For example in the publication Página12 dated Tuesday, March 5, 2013 he writes “This is a plebiscite organised by the British government”. Which is a deliberate lie as many independent publications and witnesses have attested, it was organised by the F.I. government. Then he attempts to discredit the referendum by implying that there is a prerequisite for the UN to be involved, where no such requirement in The Charter et al. Then he carries on stating there are categories of people under international law who are entitled to self-determination, citing the UNGA as his source. With very few exceptions the GA resolutions are not international law, merely advisements.
    It would seem that Sr. Kohen's blandishments have more too do with his continued employment by the Argentine government than with the reality of international law.

    Aug 16th, 2017 - 02:30 pm +6
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