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Argentine celebrates US recognition of “de facto UK administration of Malvinas”

Saturday, January 21st 2012 - 06:02 UTC
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The US State Department considers the issue ‘bilateral’ and calls for ‘peaceful agreement’  The US State Department considers the issue ‘bilateral’ and calls for ‘peaceful agreement’

Argentina celebrated with ‘enthusiasm’ Washington’s statement that it recognizes the ‘de facto UK administration of the Falklands/Malvinas’ but takes no position regarding sovereignty and calls on both sides to dialogue, said Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman.

“The Argentine government received with enthusiasm the statement from the Barack Obama administration calling for a peaceful agreement in the Malvinas issue between Argentina and the UK”, celebrated Timerman on Friday from Nicaragua where he is on an official visit.

“The non recognition by the US State Department of the British sovereignty pretension over the Islands shows it is necessary for the UK to sit at the negotiation table with our country as promoted by the UN resolutions calling for a bilateral dialogue”, added Timerman.

“The whole of Latin America unites to celebrate the US position on the Malvinas Islands”, insisted the Argentine official quoted by the government’s news agency, Telam.

Earlier in the day the State Department spokesperson was asked if the US take a position on the recent posturing between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falklands.

“This is a bilateral issue that needs to be worked out directly between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom. We encourage both parties to resolve their differences through dialogue in normal diplomatic channels”, said the official statement adding that “we recognize de facto United Kingdom administration of the Islands but take no position regarding sovereignty”.

The dispute has escalated since the oil exploration round started in Falklands’ waters which was followed by Unasur and Mercosur declarations attempting to limit shipping to the Islands and barring Falklands’ flagged vessels from docking in regional ports.

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  • Think


    ”We recognize de facto United Kingdom administration of the islands but take no position regarding sovereignty.”

    Wait a minute……………. Did those Yanks say DE FACTO?

    DE FACTO …….. In law, it often means “in practice but not necessarily ordained by law” or “in practice or actuality, but not officially established.” It is commonly used in contrast to de jure (which means “concerning the law”) when referring to matters of law, governance, or technique …………..

    What can I say?

    Yet another nail in Britain’s diplomatic coffin in the South Atlantic……

    Chuckle chuckle®

    Jan 21st, 2012 - 06:22 am 0
  • Lord Ton

    Have you gone mad Think?

    The US has not changed its position one iota in the last 50 years.

    It's official position is exactly as it says above.

    Its unofficial position has always been something else - usually dictated by the circumstances.

    You know this as well as I do!

    Early onset senility, old'un ??

    Jan 21st, 2012 - 07:33 am 0
  • Beef

    Has this not been the US stance for years, and was the stance before, during and after 1982.

    US oil company Anadarkdo are said to be one of the companies discussing a farm-in with RKH. I think you will find the US does not step in to stop an eventual deal.

    One economic and business boot to keep Argentina from doing something it regrets. Think, your diplomacy is toothless, why not try a legal route as we know you are unable to take a military option?

    Jan 21st, 2012 - 08:03 am 0
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