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Argentina's former foreign minister Jorge Taiana described lawmaker and presidential hopeful Julio Cleto Cobos current visit to the Falkland Islands totally “irresponsible” and 'without consultation'. He also blasted the fact that the lawmaker would have his Argentine passport stamped by the government of the Falkland Islands.
The Argentine 2015 presidential campaign has reached the Falkland Islands. Presidential hopeful and former Vice-president Julio Cleto Cobos is currently visiting the Falklands where he arrived on Saturday on the Lan Chile weekly flight and will spend the rest of the week in the Islands.
Former Falkland Islander Alejandro Betts was awarded on Friday an Argentine DNI and passport, with his alleged Falklands address, at an official ceremony at the Argentine UN embassy office in New York.
Argentina received strong support on Thursday at the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation (C24), which met in New York to discuss the Malvinas Question, according to a release from the Argentine embassy in London.
Recommendations have been made regarding the South Georgia Toothfish fishery by two senior scientists who have conducted an independent review, however they stressed to the Falklands Penguin News that the fishery was the best managed in the world.
Falklands' Master Malcolm Jamieson has requested that vessels in Falklands harbours and Falklands registered vessels at sea, lower flags or ensigns to half-mast on Saturday 28 June to indicate mourning in remembrance of World War I.
Addressing the United Nations Decolonization Committee (C24) on Thursday, Falkland Islands representative MLA Mike Summers reminded the C24 not only of its current duty, but also of its inability in the past to fulfill its obligations to the Non Self Governing Territories (NSGT) it should be assisting to reach a post-colonial status acceptable to the people who live there.
Falkland Islands representative Roger Edwards speaking before the UN Special Decolonization Committee recalled the Islands history and highlighted that the Falklands had British sovereignty since 1765, a time when Argentina did not exist as a sovereign nation.
Argentina will be making its case claiming sovereignty over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands before the UN Special Decolonization Committee, C24, on Thursday morning. Two petitioners will support his presentation: a descendent from Luis Vernet and Falklands born Alejandro/Alexander Betts.
Foreign minister Hector Timerman is heading a multi-party delegation that on Thursday will make the presentation of Argentina's position on the Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty dispute before the UN Decolonization Committee in New York.