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Malvinas C24 Argentina petitioners: Maria Angelia Vernet and Alejandro Betts

Wednesday, June 19th 2013 - 02:56 UTC
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Timerman heads the Argentine delegation which includes governors and lawmakers Timerman heads the Argentine delegation which includes governors and lawmakers

Maria Angelica Vernet and Falklands’ born Alejandro Betts will be Argentina’s petitioners at Thursday’s June 20 United Nations Decolonization Committee session in New York when the Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty dispute will be addressed.

The Argentine delegation is headed by Foreign minister Hector Timerman and includes several governors and lawmakers from all parties with political representation in Congress.

According to the release from the Argentine Foreign ministry, Timerman will ratify Argentina’s full commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute, which so far has not been possible because of “the systematic refusal from the UK to resume negotiations as suggested by UN numerous resolutions”. The situation has been further aggravated “by British unilateral actions in the disputed zone that include the development of renewable and non renewable natural resources exploration and exploitation illegitimate activities and periodical military exercises”.

Argentina has been participating at the Falklands/Malvinas question C24 annual meetings in New York since 1989 and last year on the thirtieth anniversary of the Argentine military invasion of the Falklands, the delegation to C24 was headed by President Cristina Fernandez, who also called on the UK to dialogue to find a solution to the ongoing sovereignty controversy.

Maria Angelia Vernet is a direct descendent from Luis Vernet, who was head of the Political and Military Command of the Malvinas Islands and adjacencies to the Cape Horn and Atlantic Sea, “at the moment of the British usurpation in 1833”, reads the Argentine release.

Alejandro (Alex) Betts “Argentine born in Malvinas” is a resident of Cordoba province since the beginning of the eighties.

The rest of the Timerman delegation includes the governor of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands, Fabiana Rios; the Argentine ambassador before the UN, Maria Cristina Perceval; governors of Santa Fe and Misiones, Antonio Bonfatti and Maurice Closs; Senators Marina Riofrio, Osvaldo Lopez and Ruben Giustiniani and Lower House members Guillermo Carmona , Carlos Heller, Juan Carlos Zabalza and Pablo Tonelli.

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  • Anglotino

    I wonder if these two get paid to be trotted out onto this very small world stage once a year?

    I mean Alexander Betts. An immigrant to Argentina and afforded rights that Argentina and Argentines don't think should be extended to immigrants to the Falkland Islands. Quite a bit of hypocrisy there.

    As for Maria Angelia Vernet, so what? Her ancestor was a businessman. Full stop. I once fell for the Argentine propaganda that Luis Vernet was somehow important to the whole sovereignty dispute, however I have come to realise that he isn't. He twice tried to make a living off the islands and twice failed.

    If Maria Angelia Vernet seriously is considered an example of someone who has lost something because of actions that occurred nearly 200 years ago, then she should look around Argentina and think about what has been lost there by the original inhabitants over the past 500 years. Another hypocrite.

    If Alexander Betts feels unwelcomed in his homeland, then he is the same boat as millions of others around the world. Some who have to languish in refugee camps for decades waiting for a country to welcome them as much as he seems to have been welcomed by Argentina.

    Neither of these people are important.

    But it is funny how they are trotted out once a year and then forgotten again.

    It doesn't change any facts on the ground or in history. The Islands are not and will not be part of Argentina. If after 180 years the Argentines haven't gotten that through their thick skulls, that is more a reflection on their intelligence level more than anything else.

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 03:14 am 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Nice “Dog & Pony Show”, but it does not change the facts.

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 03:20 am 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Go Alejandro go!

    Jun 19th, 2013 - 03:24 am 0
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