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The Falklanders will speak clearly

Tuesday, March 5th 2013 - 00:39 UTC
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The Globe and Mail (*) editorial published Sunday, March - As a country that with some justice prides itself as a global beacon for democracy, the United States should abandon its equivocation over the status of the Falkland Islands and agree to throw its considerable weight behind the winner of the referendum asking Islanders whether they wish to remain a UK overseas territory.

The US position, or more accurately non-position, is a veritable case study of diplomat-speak. John Kerry, the new US Secretary of State made a stop in London last week to underscore the “special relationship” between those two countries. It is not so special, however. If it were, the US would approve the democratic rights of Falkland Islanders to self-determination. Said Mr. Kerry “Our position on the Falklands has not changed; the United States recognizes de facto UK administration of the Islands but takes no position on the question of parties’ sovereignty claims thereto. We support co-operation between UK and Argentina on practical matters.”

Last June, the US government opted to abstain when member countries of the Organization of American States, at its General Assembly, held in Bolivia, voted to readopt a “Declaration on the Question of the Malvinas Islands,” which backs Argentina’s call for negotiations between London and Buenos Aires. Canada stood alone in arguing that the Falkland Islanders should be allowed to decide their own future.

The inhabitants of the Falklands go to the polls on March 10-11. They will be asked, “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?” It’s a clear question, and there is little doubt as to the outcome. There is no desire to see the Islands ruled by Argentina. The people will have spoken. The Argentines won’t accept that, but the US should.

(*)The Globe and Mail is a nationally distributed Canadian newspaper, based in Toronto and printed in six cities across the country. With a weekly readership of approximately 1 million, it is Canada's largest-circulation national newspaper. It is regarded as Canada's ”newspaper of record”.

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  • briton

    To the world, this talks democracy,
    And all these countries that was built on democracy and freedom, will support this free referendum,
    Those that don’t do not believe in democracy,

    You cannot under any circumstances support countries like Libya Egypt Syria Iraq afghan,
    In support of freedom of speech and democracy, then bloody well deny this to the Falkland Islands,
    Any country that refuses to recognise this result is nothing short of a hypercrit,

    And great Britain, should refuse to support any country that refuses to support democracy, and that includes the Falklands.

    Freedom and democracy,
    Tyrants and dictatorships.

    just my opinion.

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 01:05 am 0
  • Baxter

    First class article . Canada remains a true friend of the UK . Remember when the OAS discussed the Assange case -- which had nothing to do with Latin America - it was, again , Canada who stood by the British position all the way while the USA dithered .

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 01:31 am 0

    Why are the Brits crying so vociferously at the USA?

    I thought the eternal line was that the matter was between the Falklands, Argentina, and the UK. I guess not then.

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 01:31 am 0
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