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“Malvinas usurpation” affects all South American nations, argues Argentina

Friday, May 11th 2012 - 21:01 UTC
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Defence minister Puricelli there’s almost one soldier per civilian in the Falklands  Defence minister Puricelli there’s almost one soldier per civilian in the Falklands

Defence Minister Arturo Puricelli once again claimed Argentine sovereignty over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands at the Unasur headquarters in Ecuador and warned that “the usurpation of the Islands affects all of the South American nations” plus insisting on the military/civilian ration in the Islands.

In his first official visit to Unasur seat in Quito, Puricelli took part in a “Strategic Thinking of South America” forum, led by Unasur secretary general María Emma Mejía.

Puricelli urged others to “have a common, strategic thinking among all South American countries” and repeated Argentina’s “legitimate claim” over the Malvinas Islands.

“In our South America there’s only one enclave that isn’t a part of this thinking. And that enclave is the usurpation of American territory, of our Malvinas and South Atlantic islands by the hands of the United Kingdom,” he emphasized.

“This isn’t a matter that only affects us Argentines. This is a situation that, as all presidents in the region have understood, affects all of the South American nations,” he emphasized.

Further on Puricelli said that on average in South America there are 2.7 military for every 1.000 civilians however “in Malvinas also South American territory the ratio is 930 military for every 1,000 inhabitants”.

“We must think a common defence strategy for South America so that our differences can only be resolved by no other mechanism than that of diplomacy”, and recalled President Cristina Fernandez instructions referred to defence policy: “the Argentine armed forces can’t be used as a dissuasion instrument to challenge neighbours”.

“As Minister of Defence I am not authorized to move a single soldier to the border with a dissuasive purpose against any neighbour of Argentina, no matter whatever conduct or circumstances might emerge. We are profoundly convinced that there is no destiny for our countries if we don’t consolidate the paradigm of Unasur presidents: “South America, a peace zone”.

Ecuador Defence minister Javier Ponce Cevallos recalled that the “South American defence council, CDS, was born following deep concern about the possible presence of US military in South American bases” and what is happening now in Malvinas “fully ratifies the need for the defence council and gives it a new substance, a new goal, a new soul to the CDS”.
 

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  • GreekYoghurt

    i) French Guyana? Hello ...HELLO?
    ii) Wouldn't need 930 military for every 1000 inhabitants if you warmongering little sh!ts hadn't invaded their islands.
    iii) It's not defence if you're talking about invading someone elses islands, it's attack. Judging from the content of what he said, it should be called the South American Attack Council.

    Seriously, who employs these folks, when they don't even know where French Guyana is. People with no GCSEs know that French Guyana is a part of the South American mainland.

    May 11th, 2012 - 09:14 pm 0
  • briton

    What a bunch of stupid indoctrinated brain dead failed species ,
    Who just happened to qualify as humans, it surely has got to be bad corrupt genes,

    Everywhere they go, Falklands this , Falklands that, never in the history of mankind has ignorance been so addictive,

    There is no known defence against zombies,
    What the fxck has the Falklands got to do with these brain dead zombies,
    People like these are never satisfied until the world bows down to them.

    Eye says this, the sooner argentine either
    1, break s up
    2, CFK drops dead the better for mankind,
    And that is being kind to them, my fellow brits will not be so forgiving.?????
    .

    May 11th, 2012 - 09:16 pm 0
  • Betty Boop

    There are not 930 military for every 1,000 inhabitants. There are probably 930 military in total, for 3,000 inhabitants. There are civilian staff at the military base who provide services such as catering, cleaning, vehicle maintenance and the like, but they are not military and their numbers nowhere near make up the 2,000 shortfall either. Argentine figures plucked out of nowhere with no facts to back them up - who would have thought!!

    And has been stated a thousand times before - there wouldn't be a need for any military in the islands at all if it weren't for the constant aggressive harrassment & threat from Argentina.

    May 11th, 2012 - 09:32 pm 0
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