Uruguayan president Jose Mujica thanked Senator Luis Rosadilla for the gesture of having volunteered to join Argentine forces back in 1982 when the Malvinas conflict broke out and said the struggle for Latin American territory continues and an end to shreds of colonialism is 'a commitment with a motherland still to be constructed and waiting'.
Speaking at the ceremony this week in which Argentine ambassador Dante Dovena distinguished former Defense minister Rosadilla with the Order of May in the degree of Grand Officer, Mujica praised his example and dedication of a 'social fighter'.
The struggle of Latin Americans for their territories, for their existence is and must be one of the strongest links in our commitment with a motherland still to be constructed and waiting. Thank you Luis for your example, said President Mujica addressing the select gathering of Uruguayan and Argentine officials for the occasion.
To our compatriots from Argentina that with Luis and so many other Uruguayans we have shared struggles, having to seen the shreds of colonialism that remain in our continent, means that while there is life, the struggle will continue, as so will hope, underlined Mujica in reference to the Falklands and other South Atlantic territories claimed by Argentina.
Thank you Luis for all you have shown us, for your example because it is something that will remain in time, as a clear homage for the future generations of what a commitment from social fighters means”.
We all know you are a great defender of the Argentine Malvinas issue; we congratulate you on that determination, on that struggle to end with the shreds of colonialism in our continent” added the Uruguayan president.
Rosadilla in early 1982 fresh from several years in jail and when the Malvinas war broke out, despite despising the Argentine military regime decided to volunteer and enlist. However he was never called up, but his gesture yes.