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Brazil strongly supports Argentina Falklands’ claim at defence ministers’ summit

Tuesday, October 9th 2012 - 04:11 UTC
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Minister Celso Amorim, one of the historic controversies of our continent Minister Celso Amorim, one of the historic controversies of our continent

Brazil came out strongly in support of Argentina’s sovereignty claims over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands and criticized British military exercises in the Islands during his speech on Monday to the Americas Defence ministers’ conference taking place in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

“In the framework of examining defence and security issues, Brazil considers inescapable that this conference addresses the fair claims of Argentina over the Malvinas Islands…as has already happened with Mercosur, Unasur and Celac”, said Brazilian Defence minister Celso Amorim. “This is one of the historic controversies pending of our continent”.

Amorin also made reference to his Argentine peer Arturo Puricelli complaints regarding UK military exercises in the Malvinas region scheduled to last until October 19.

“We are concerned with exercises which involve the firing of missiles, as is currently happening in the Islands”, said Amorim according to the copy of his speech distributed to the press since the conference sessions are behind closed doors.

“It should be expected that the conference calls on both sides (Argentina and the UK) to begin negotiations, following on the terms iterated by the UN General Assembly” concluded the Brazilian minister in his support speech for Argentina.

Amorim also rejected the concept of a continental defence system arguing that cooperation among countries in the Americas on this issue should be founded on “new premises” mainly since the Cold War is behind and “we have the conformation of a multi-polar world”.

“To diminish errors and increase correct answers we must adapt to the changes that have occurred in the world and in our region”, added Amorim.

“And today an anachronism: if we wanted to have a really inter American system, we continue to isolate Cuba”, underlined the Brazilian minister.

However “in today’s world it is prudent to avoid any kind of action that could have an incidence over the primary competences of the UN Security Council, which despite its limitations and shortfalls, remains the main body in issues of peace and security”.

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  • slattzzz

    They still don't get it do they speak to the Islanders not the UK fuckwits!!!!! Why so worried about a self defence missle that has a range of 4 miles, hardly a threat to the South American mainland is it, unless the SSN is launching Tomahawks of course, OOPS did I say that

    Oct 09th, 2012 - 04:35 am 0
  • Boovis

    They still haven't said what they're negotiating! If Argentina gets the islands, what do the islanders or the UK get in return?
    As repeated ad nauseam in the past on these boards, if the Argie constitution states the only outcome can be the total handover of the islands to them, then what point is there in talking at all?
    Without resorting to being offensive or abusive, can someone from Argentina please respond to this with logic?

    Oct 09th, 2012 - 04:51 am 0
  • slattzzz

    Everytime a Latam country does a live missle firing anywhere in the South Atlantic we should complain vigously about provocation over the Falkland Islands, this excludes rgenweener of course because I doubt if they could do one, they don't do regular military exercises either apparently :o ). And as for the Brazilian defence minister, he makes this statement whilst his warships are currently conducting Naval exercises, including live gun firings in the South Carribean with, wait for it HMS Dauntless, smacks of double standards to me, unless its of course just to shut his nuisance neighbours up........for now.

    Oct 09th, 2012 - 05:20 am 0
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