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Argentine minister refers to Malvinas as Falklands, and triggers a political storm

Friday, April 6th 2018 - 08:00 UTC
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Aguad made the huge diplomatic gaffe when referring to the search of the missing submarine for ARA San Juan, by using the British term for the islands,  Falklands Aguad made the huge diplomatic gaffe when referring to the search of the missing submarine for ARA San Juan, by using the British term for the islands, Falklands
Speaking about the search for the vessel, which disappeared off Argentina's coast last November, the minister said the submarine did not sail near the Falklands. Speaking about the search for the vessel, which disappeared off Argentina's coast last November, the minister said the submarine did not sail near the Falklands.

Argentina's Defense minister has sparked a political storm after appearing to imply the Falkland Islands are British. Oscar Aguad has been accused by the Buenos Aires media of suggesting that the Islands were not part of Argentine territory.

 Aguad made the huge diplomatic gaffe when referring to the search of the missing submarine for ARA San Juan, by using the British term for the islands Falklands instead of Malvinas.

Speaking about the search for the vessel, which disappeared off Argentina's coast last November, the minister said the submarine did not sail near the Falklands.

He told reporters: “ARA San Juan did not even come close to the Falklands. It was in the Argentine Sea, in our sub-continental platform.

”It had a mission, a military exercise in the South of Argentina, near the Island of the States. “Its mission was to observe, which is normal for a submarine.”

Despite the long standing Argentine claim over the Falklands' sovereignty, in March 2013, the Islands held a referendum and voted overwhelmingly to vote to remain as a British Overseas Territory.

However since president Mauricio Macri was elected president in Argentina, relations referred to the Falklands/Malvinas issue have improved considerably compared to the previous governments of the Kirchner couple which was intent in strangling the Islands economy and development possibilities.

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  • Roger Lorton

    Didn't Doc Kohen say that the name wasn't important?

    Fake Think? Didn't the story start here? https://www.mercadomilitar.com/noticias-militares-de-argentina-min-defensa-sobre-el-a-r-a-san-juan-17104/ before being picked up by the British Express newspaper.

    Still, if true, he's getting off lightly -

    //mundopoliticodiario.com/denunciaron-al-diputado-fernando-iglesias-por-sus-dichos-sobre-malvinas-ncn/

    (I've missed the http: off in an attempt to get around the block on more than one link)

    ;-)

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 09:47 am +6
  • Roger Lorton

    Why Think? It's just a story. If it's true, it's of no consequence. If it's false, it's of no consequence.

    I have merely provided an Argentine source.

    I don't actually care ;-)

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 11:06 am +4
  • Roger Lorton

    The Express says - “Mr Aguad made the huge diplomatic gaffe when referring to the search for ARA San Juan, a missing Argentine submarine, by using the British term for the islands.”

    The British term for the Islands would be ........... ?

    The Spanish language report says that - “Dijo a los periodistas:..”

    Where does it connect the story to that news item on Youtube?

    You sure you have gone a little senile old man?

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 12:22 pm +4
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