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Argentina expects strong Malvinas support statement from the Americas summit

Tuesday, April 10th 2012 - 07:06 UTC
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Obama has confirmed his attendance to the Colombia meeting  Obama has confirmed his attendance to the Colombia meeting

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will be attending on Saturday the VI Americas summit to be held in Colombia, which is already involved in a strong controversy because of the non invitation to Cuba.

From the historic Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias, the Argentine leader expects to leave with another strong regional support for her sovereignty claim over the Falklands/Malvinas, as has been her policy in all possible international meetings.

The two-day meeting, April 14/15, with US President Obama presence confirmed, already took off with a conflict from the moment Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa announced he will not be attending Cartagena or any other future Americas summit if Cuba continues to be excluded.

The coming summit is the first the Argentine president will be attending since her re-election and the second time she flies overseas, following the state visit to Chile of a few weeks ago.

As has been her administration’s policy and that of her former husband and president Nestor Kirchner, she plans leaving Cartagena with another full support for Argentina’s claim over the Falklands/Malvinas as her government intensifies the campaign to recover the Islands on the 30th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict with the UK.

Regarding Cuba, Colombia abstained from inviting the Castro regime alleging lack of consensus among OAS member states. This was particularly true for the President Obama administration that barred such a presence, from the moment Cuba does not wish to be re-incorporated to OAS which would force Havana to sign and adhere to the Inter American Democratic Charter.

OAS lifted the ban on Cuba in 2009, standing since 1962, and left the initiative of the return to the Organization of American States, in the hands of Cuba.

Another regional figure and close ally of Cuba, Hugo Chavez Venezuela has warned this must be the ‘last Americas summit’ without the participation of Cuba.

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  • Andrew

    Repetitive, monotonous, Yawn

    Apr 10th, 2012 - 07:22 am 0
  • falklandlad

    Yet another ramble in the making and hysteric CFK frothing over the Falklands. When will she learn, Arg lost the military war in 1982, and one which she instinctively supported, but perhaps not as openly as dear old Nestor, and her bellicose policy in recent times is loosing her the PR of today, save for those dimwits who fail to recognise the Falkland Islanders right of self determination.

    Apr 10th, 2012 - 09:00 am 0
  • anubeon

    I suspect that the worlds diplomats, and in particular then no doubt fatigued diplomats of South American countries, are probably sick to death with Argentina's incessant badgering vis. the Falkland Islands.

    If Argentina isn't careful, they'll lose all of the shallow support they've garnered on the back of traditional latin american 'solidarity'.

    It wouldn't surprise me if the Americas summit does release a 'weak' statement of support for the Argentine claim. Unless of course the American's (USA) force a neutral stance (I'm not sure how powerful they are in OAS).

    Regardless, it'll be utterly meaningless. Diplomacy is about negotiation between interested parties. As long as the Argentines set the parameters of negotiation in such restrictive terms (as to not be negotiation at all; demand do not a negotiation make) and refuse to recognise the primacy of the most important interested parties (the Falkland Islanders themselves), negotiation will strictly remain off the table. Even with the entire UN general assembly backing negotiations. In essence, it's a myth that Britain refuses to negotiate on the Falkland Islands matter. It's Argentina, with it's rediculously restrictive constitution, which is making negotiation an impossibility. There are no UN general assembly resolutions (or C24 resolutions to my knowledge) that demand that the UK and FI governments attend a pointless slagging match where Argentina sits on the other side of the table shouting “¡Las Islas Malvinas son argentinas, devolverlos de inmediato o se nos hace exclamar!” every ten minutes. Such would be tedious and counter-productive, I suspect. ;-)

    Apr 10th, 2012 - 09:13 am 0
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