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Argentina has only shown aggression towards the Falklands, says Summers

Thursday, June 18th 2009 - 15:03 UTC
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Strong words from Councillor Mike Summers ahead of the C24 presentations. Strong words from Councillor Mike Summers ahead of the C24 presentations.

Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly elected member Mike Summers said the Argentine government has shown no willingness to discuss with the Falkland Islanders and went on to describe Argentina as resembling “a dictatorship with elections”.

Interviewed by a Buenos Aires daily on Wednesday, a day before the presentations to the United Nations Decolonization Special Committee or C24 Summers said that “Argentina has shown no predisposition to negotiate with the people of the Falklands. The only thing they have shown is aggression. Furthermore I have seen no plans for discussions on those areas of mutual interest”.

“What would make sense for good thinking people is that the Argentines and the people of the Falklands could discuss about those areas of mutual interest, such as conservation and management of fisheries” added Summers.

When asked about Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Summers said he had no opinion, “I only have an insight referred to her policies towards the Falklands and to the people of the Falklands, which are totally negative”. However he went on to say that the Argentine democracy resembles more “a dictatorship with elections than a democracy, strictly speaking”.

The Argentine government has repeatedly denied establishing direct negotiations with the people of the Falklands/Malvinas since it does not acknowledge their right to self determination and claims sovereignty over the Islands taken over by the British in 1833, and which a century and a half later triggered a war, says the piece from “La Cronica de Argentina”.

In the recent OAS summit in Honduras, Latinamerican Foreign Affairs ministers reiterated their support for Argentina and her “legitimate rights” over the Malvinas islands.

Although the OAS statement does not explicitly recognize Argentine sovereignty over the South Atlantic islands, it does call on both sides to resume, as soon as possible negotiations on the sovereignty dispute with the goal of finding a peaceful solution to this protracted controversy”

However Summers underlined that “what United Nations has recently stated is that it respects self determination for all peoples, with no distinctions made” and rejected the Argentine sovereignty claim.

The people of the Falklands “have no conditions for dialogue (with the Argentine government). The Argentines put as condition talking about sovereignty. I believe that is a senseless perspective”.

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  • Luis

    Poor guy, his fishing company must be loosing too much money for the “”economic war” of the argentine dictatorial regime.

    Jun 19th, 2009 - 02:31 am 0
  • Bob

    Look who is talking
    “Councillor Summers is completely wrong when he says that the Bingham case was about the right to choose who becomes a citizen. The case did not concern the right of government to make choices. The case actually concerned the need for government to act within the law when exercising its powers, not to impose personal prejudice on its choices, and not to abuse its authority. In acting as it did, Executive Council abused the trust we as citizens put in Government to act fairly, impartially and properly.” (Penguin News 12th December 2003)

    Jun 19th, 2009 - 04:44 am 0
  • Adrian

    The reality is that the corrupted FIG does not allow mothers to visit the graves of their sons in Malvinas using Argentinian comercial flights, forcing them to fly Chilean airlines at a higher cost nor they want to negotiate with Argentinian Gov.to solve this old territorial dispute and hope that with the time will fade away.Until all this issues are not solved I do not see why they should use our air space to fill the pockets of the FIG members.
    Check the truth your government is doing it.

    Jun 19th, 2009 - 05:07 am 0
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