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Falklands at the Expo-Prado: Argentina makes official its disappointment to Uruguay

Monday, September 11th 2017 - 09:27 UTC
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The Falklands stand at the British pavilion in the Prado show  The Falklands stand at the British pavilion in the Prado show

In a Sunday release the Argentine government regretted the presence of the Falkland Islands stand at the Prado agro-industry show which is taking place in Montevideo, and said it expects collaboration from the Uruguayan government.

 Release 348/17 states that given the inclusion of a Malvinas Islands trade and tourism desk at the Great Britain stand in the International Livestock Expo and International Agro-industry, Expo-Prado, in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Argentine foreign ministry informs that:

Previous to the start of the referred International Expo, and following on instructions from the Argentine foreign ministry, the Argentine embassy in Montevideo met with officials from the Uruguayan foreign ministry to emphatically express Argentine disappointment given the announced presence, in the search of a solution which is in compliance with the historic support of the Uruguayan government to the Malvinas question.

Efforts of similar nature were reiterated at the beginning of the Expo.

Argentina regrets this action which the British government has been repeating since 2015, and expects to count with the collaboration and understanding of the Uruguayan government and Expo officials, so that this situation is not repeated in future editions of the event.

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  • Marti Llazo

    It's said that the fuss that the argies created actually resulted in enormous free advertisement of the Falklands exhibit, and a great deal more positive attendance than was expected.

    Meanwhile, argentine laundries noted an upswing in work specialising in correction of soiled and tightly knotted knickers.

    The media reporting that the argie message was one of “disappointment” is probably a mis-translation. The word in local reporting was “malestar” which is probably better translated as “discomfort” of the sort associated with a tiny gas bubble in the gut ( “ ... para manifestar enfáticamente el malestar argentino ante la anunciada presencia....” ). In any event, the current argie government tried to appease the froth-mouthed nationalists here with a rather mild and politically vacuous equivalent of saying that the foreign ministry was just a trifle peeved.

    There is some sign of possible sanity creeping into the region, though. As one argie congressperson noted, the Macri government didn't fall all over itself when first informed of the Falklands stand in Uruguay, and elected to just stay quiet on the matter. The same representative noted that Brazil is now allowing visits by British warplanes, Chile is working with the UK on efforts in British Antarctica, while Uruguay is making known its friendly ties with the Falklands. To that end, Luis Lacalle, former president of Uruguay, has been leading efforts to increase trade between the islands and Uruguay. Meanwhile, Chile's Punta Arenas has become the shopping mall for the islanders and one of my Chilean friends is importing used vehicles from the Falklands.

    Sep 11th, 2017 - 02:45 pm +2
  • Brit Bob

    'Argentine embassy in Montevideo met with officials from the Uruguayan foreign ministry to emphatically express Argentine disappointment given the announced presence, in the search of a solution which is in compliance with the historic support of the Uruguayan government to the Malvinas question.'

    Still harping on about the past and still clinging onto the shirt-tails of the UN C24.

    Falklands – 1833 Usurpation & UN Resolutions:
    https://www.academia.edu/21721198/Falklands_1833_Usurpation_and_UN_Resolutions

    Sep 11th, 2017 - 09:45 am +1
  • GALlamosa

    More childish Argentine behaviour. Makes the re-set look a bit shaky.

    Sep 11th, 2017 - 11:08 am +1
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