Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said that Britain’s stance of declaring sovereignty over the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty “non-negotiable” is a “mistake” dictated by “unilateral practices” that have created insecurity in the world.
Speaking at the Madrid leaders’ summit after the new Conservative-Lib.Dems coalition under Prime Minister David Cameron rejected for a second time in less than a week requests to negotiate the Falklands sovereignty, Mrs. Kirchner recalled that the “United Nations has repeatedly called on the two nations to establish a dialogue”.
The United Kingdom is a very important country among those belonging to the European Union and the United Nations as well, and they should be setting an example and listen to the UN resolutions insisted Mrs Kirchner during a press conference.
She requested both nations to respect the treaties, the international law and not to impose unilateral decisions. It is precisely multilateralism that is being appealed in all world forums, added the Argentine president.
“Unilateralism has given us too many bad moments and has created a far more insecure world regarding security and also much more uncertain when it comes to economics, and not to mention political uncertainty”, insisted Mrs. Kirchner.
“To uphold sovereignty at a distance of 14.000 kilometres is even geographically quite difficult, and this not only means the appropriation of non renewable natural resources, which is in itself a very bad example for a world that claims dialogue, cooperation and abiding by international law”.
Earlier in the day Mrs. Kirchner had called for new British PM Cameron to re-open talks on the sovereignty of the disputed Malvinas Islands.
”In the name of my country and greeting (Britain's) new prime minister, I would like to request that we please resume our negotiations on sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands, Mrs. Kirchner said at an EU-Latin America summit in Madrid.
A double standard on the United Nations resolutions cannot be accepted, she stressed. “Please, I'm asking for negotiations to be resumed on the Malvinas British-Argentine administrations issue” she insisted.
We have no doubt about our sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. There cannot be negotiation on sovereignty unless and until the Falklands Islanders so wish,” Britain's Foreign Office Minister of State Jeremy Browne said in a statement in response to Mrs. Kirchner's comments.