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Argentina reaffirms Malvinas sovereignty rights; invites UK to “good faith” negotiations

Tuesday, June 21st 2011 - 17:44 UTC
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Timerman claimed before C24 that “British descendent born in the Malvinas Argentine citizen” James Peck has received death threats (Photo Argentine Foreign Affairs) Timerman claimed before C24 that “British descendent born in the Malvinas Argentine citizen” James Peck has received death threats (Photo Argentine Foreign Affairs)

Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman addressing the United Nations Decolonisation Committee reiterated Argentina’s “unrenounceable and imprescriptible” sovereignty rights over the Malvinas Islands and extended a “formal invitation” to the British government “to sit to a table and resume, in good faith, negotiations” to solve the long standing dispute.

Timerman made his Tuesday presentation before the C24 together with a committee of lawmakers from the ruling coalition and the opposition and invited the UK “to sit with us to a table and resume in good faith negotiations to solve the sovereignty dispute so as to put an end, at this time of the XXI century, the incompressible and unacceptable colonial situation”.

“The UK remains dauntless to the calls from the international community”, said Timerman pointing out that this attitude “is even more worrying if we take account of the fact it comes from a member of the UN Security Council, whose main purpose is the preservation of international peace and security”.

“We Argentines insist in calling for peaceful negotiations because it is history which teaches that the sole expression of the powerful is not enough to justify a territorial occupation born out of an act of force, since be it not so, several of the nations that today are members of this committee would continue to be colonial enclaves”.

Furthermore the Argentine minister denounced before the C24 “the criminal attitude from fanatics who death threatened” the British descendent born in the Malvinas Islands, James Peck, “if he dared return to the Islands”.

Given the facts, “we make British authorities that illegally occupy the Islands responsible for the safety of the Argentine citizen, Señor James Peck, if he wishes to exercise his Argentine rights to return to the occupied Islands”, underlined Timerman.

James Peck, 42, is a successful artist who was married with an Argentine woman with whom he had two children. In an interview this week with The Times, Peck said he had not given up his British citizenship and wanted to live next to his children. Holding a British passport in Argentina exposed him to “hostility and bureaucratic difficulties”.
“I’m not going to leave my children because of the dispute of two governments over the Falklands/Malvinas” Peck told The Times.

See Minister Hector Timerman statement


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  • saphira

    I fail to see or comprehend why a country that wants to colonise another is allowed to speak in front of a decolonisation committee

    Jun 21st, 2011 - 06:11 pm 0
  • A.J.Rimmer

    That's it, that is all he had to say? There must be more surely.

    If not, then i can only see one outcome to this whole committee meeting.

    Jun 21st, 2011 - 06:16 pm 0
  • Searinox

    1# there was a uk representant in there?... because just to make you understand if you dont, malvinas is on the argentinian plataform, which means territorial integrity, so argentina doesnt want to colonize anything,argentina want to recover what belong to them...

    Jun 21st, 2011 - 06:28 pm 0
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