Argentina's permanent representative to the United Nation, Jorge Argüello, accused the United Kingdom of paying the Falkland Islanders to remain on the Islands during a conference Wednesday in Mexico’s Autonomous University, UNAM.
In a speech to a conference held at Mexico’s Universidad Autónoma, the diplomat said that the UK avoids any cut to its “social and employment assistance budget” in the Falkland Islands because, if it imposed such cuts, the Islanders “would migrate to Argentina.”
Referring to the recent riots in London, Argüello spoke about the ”frustration of the young people and other social sectors after the government budget cuts of social assistance, education and health of the citizens” adding that, “the austerity measures led to unemployment and lack of social containment.”
“Nothing like this happens at the Malvinas Islands” according to Argüello because “England knows that if it cuts the social assistance and employment budget of the islands as it has done with other citizens, it will lead to the emigration to Argentina or South America, where the opposite thing is happening”
“The inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands” are “not only complete British citizens, but probably luxurious English citizens.”
“They have a far more protected and supported life than the vast majority of English citizens residents in the UK”, added Ambassador Argüello.
“The Malvinas question is not only an Argentine cause but of all Latin America and of the International community that has repeatedly supported in the UN Argentina’s claims”.
The conference was organized by the Argentine embassy in Mexico and the Mexican group in support of the Islas Malvinas which included the Dean of UNAM Jose Narro Robles and the president of the Mexican Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Rosario Green Macías.
Meanwhile in New York the UN's Fourth Committee finished its deliberations on the remaining Non-self Governing Territories this week, making no comment on Argentina's claim to the Falklands and reaffirming the right to elf determination for all the peoples of the Territories.