Argentine Ambassador to the United Nations Jorge Argüello confirmed Monday that a copy of the formal verbal complaint to London was channelled to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as a way of deepening the protest over the military exercises being deployed by British forces in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands.
In London the British Foreign Office downplayed the exercises and the incident.
These are routine military tests that have taken place every six months for the past 28 years, most recently in April this year, an office spokesman said. Shipping alerts are always issued in advance and the tests take place entirely within Falklands’ territorial waters.
Speaking with the official Argentine news agency Telam, Argüello said that “we are going to ask the UN Secretary General to distribute a copy of the complaint among members of the organization as testimony of this new violation of UN resolutions” by the United Kingdom.
Previously, the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner channelled the protest through British Ambassador in Buenos Aires Shan Morgan who had been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Argüello went further: “we are going to insist that the Secretary General advances with the good offices task the General Assembly agreed to and which is geared to the opening of bilateral negotiations over the Islands sovereignty”.
The Argentine Ambassador assured “the United Kingdom has been failing to comply with several UN resolutions all these past years for example, the country should not refuse to negotiate diplomatically and bilaterally over the Islands sovereignty”.
Besides “the UK should not be granting unilaterally fishing licences in waters under conflict or allow the exploration or exploitation of minerals or hydrocarbons in disputed territory or be involved in military exercises with missiles in conflict areas”.
Argüello concluded that Mrs Kirchner “has been pointing out the issue before the UN General Assembly for years. We need to democratize the United Nations, for the Security Council and its five permanent members should not be awarded the right to veto or not comply with what has been overwhelmingly decided by the General Assembly which is the rest of the world community”.
On Saturday Mrs Kirchner through her twitter said the British decision to conduct military exercises in a disputed area such as the Falkland/Malvinas Islands was “something serious, very serious” of an “unprecedented gravity”.
Mrs. Kirchner said that the British military decision was a confirmation “of the militarization of the South Atlantic and the illicit and unmasked use of UK’s permanent seat on the UN Security Council.”
The Argentine president anticipated that her government would communicate “this in unison to the UN Secretary General, OAS, UNASUR, and member states of these organizations” and concluded that the British in “synthesis … pirates for ever?”.