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Hammond and Johnson will be visiting Argentina

Friday, March 16th 2018 - 10:06 UTC
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Hammond (R) will be participating in the G20 finance ministers meeting next week and Boris Johnson (L) will be in Buenos Aires in May. Hammond (R) will be participating in the G20 finance ministers meeting next week and Boris Johnson (L) will be in Buenos Aires in May.
Minister Faurie and ambassador Kent also addressed issues related to the Falklands, such as the resurrection of the South Atlantic Fisheries Commission Minister Faurie and ambassador Kent also addressed issues related to the Falklands, such as the resurrection of the South Atlantic Fisheries Commission

British Chancellor Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are scheduled to visit Argentina as part of the G20 ministerial round of meetings in coming weeks, announced UK ambassador Mark Kent following talks on Thursday with foreign minister Jorge Faurie.

Hammond will be participating in the G20 finance ministers meeting next week and Boris Johnson will be in Buenos Aires in May.

Minister Faurie and ambassador Kent also addressed issues related to the Falklands, such as fisheries conservation, management of shared marine resources and the resurrection of the scientific South Atlantic Fisheries Commission, which apparently will be holding a first meeting sometime next May. Currently the talks on this approach have been defined as in the exploratory stage.

Another issue is the coming March 26 trip of relatives from the recently identified 90 Argentine soldiers buried at the Argentine cemetery and the prospects for a second flight between the Falklands and a third country with a stop in Argentina, plus consideration of the regional airlines interested in the link.

The Argentine/UK talks on these different topics apparently are advancing to the satisfaction of both sides. But probably the real challenge and test will be next week, March 21, when Faurie will be going to Congress to meet a plenary of commissions very much interested in the ministerial explanation of president Mauricio Macri administration policies regarding the Falklands and the South Atlantic.

Malvinas is a highly sensitive issue in Argentine politics and even members of the ruling coalition have reservations about the current emphasis of the Malvinas closer links as a result of the UK/Argentina joint communiqué from September 2016.

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  • Brit Bob

    Strange people these Argentinians...

    ''The Question of the Malvinas Islands, understood as being the sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces, originated on 3 January 1833, when the United Kingdom disrupted Argentina’s territorial integrity by illegally occupying the islands and evicting the Argentine authorities, preventing their return and the settlement of Argentines from the mainland. Since then, Argentina has consistently denounced the United Kingdom’s usurpation and, as it is provided for in the Argentine Constitution, has ratified its sovereignty over the islands and affirmed that its recovery in accordance with international law constitutes a permanent and unrelinquished goal.''

    Seriously, have you heard of a territory being usurped in the 19th century?
    Falkland Islands – The Usurpation (1 pg): https://www.academia.edu/34838377/Falkland_Islands_The_Usurpation

    Me neither.

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 10:24 am +1
  • The Voice

    Should be entertaining… ;-)

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 05:43 pm +1
  • Marc1

    I'm pleased to see moves in a more positive direction rather than in the reverse, as was so habitual for the 12 years of Kirchner rule.
    The issue of sovereignty is never going to go away, but at least the two governments can sit down and talk about more practical issues in a pragmatic manner.

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 01:16 pm 0
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