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For consular purposes Uruguay considers Malvinas as the “dependent territory” of the Islas Falklands

Thursday, August 16th 2012 - 01:29 UTC
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The UN denomination of the disputed territory is Falklands/Malvinas. The UN denomination of the disputed territory is Falklands/Malvinas.

For consular purposes the Uruguayan Foreign Affairs ministry refers to the Malvinas Islands, which are claimed by Argentina with the support of Mercosur members, as the “dependent territory” of the “Islas Falklands”.

This according to an official document, dated 12 June 2012 in which the ministry of Foreign affairs modifies consular jurisdictions to better accommodate them to the needs of Uruguayan residents overseas.

A copy of the text was published by a Montevideo newspaper in which it refers to the Islas Falklands as “dependent territories” and since Uruguay has no consular office in Stanley (it did have for many decades), all matters must be referred to the embassy in London.

The same applies for South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, over which Argentina also claims sovereignty. All matters must be referred to the London embassy.

“The established jurisdictions will not be used as an argument to deny consular services to whoever requests them. When national and international rules impede rendering the service, the consular staff that receives the request must extreme efforts to orient and help requesters and put them in contact with the competent office” reads the decree.

Since Uruguay does not have representatives in all countries, affairs in Algeria for example are supervised from the embassy in Paris and Iraq comes under the jurisdiction of the embassy in Saudi Arabia.

In South America, Uruguay has embassies in all countries with the exception of Guyana and Suriname and these two countries are the jurisdiction of the embassy in Costa Rica.

At the last December Mercosur summit in Montevideo President Jose Mujica was one of the sponsors of regional ports’ ban for all vessels flying the “illegal” Falklands flag, an initiative supported by all members and later made extensive to the rest of South American countries. However Mujica said Uruguay would not accompany any measure that infringes in the Islanders human rights.

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  • Lord Ton

    1924– January 30th, Henry Gresham becomes Consul for Chile, and will add Uruguay later in the year.

    1947 - Uruguay and Britain sign an agreement for flights between the Islands and Montevideo

    1952 - October 21 st , Argentina protests at Uruguay's appointment of a consular agent and also complains about anagreement for an air link to the Falklands. Uruguay's Government point out that the vice-consul was appointedin 1924 and the agreement signed in 1947.
    October 28th, in protest, Argentina bans her shipping from calling at Uruguay's ports.

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 03:12 am 0
  • KretinaK

    Argentina's illustrious and soon to be once again current history:

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 04:44 am 0
  • Frank

    from the BA Herald..'
    The Uruguayan error lies in not refering to the islands correctly, as stated in a disposition by the United Nation’s Secretariat, which in 1966 set that when addressing the islands in official documents, they are to be called “Malvinas,” when they are in Spanish, and “Falkland” when they are in English. '

    So.... why does the BA Herald, an english language publication, call them the maldives all the time?

    Aug 16th, 2012 - 04:52 am 0
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