British Minister of State for the Foreign Office Hugo Swire has stated London would rather sit at the negotiating table with Argentine opposition presidential hopefuls Sergio Massa or Mauricio Macri to discuss Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty.
Swire alleged the representatives of Argentina’s opposition would show a “more mature vision” over the bilateral dispute than the Kirchnerite government, according to a report from Telam, Argentina's government official news agency.
When queried by Telam in Montevideo about the state of the Falklands/Malvinas dispute, the UK official said MP Massa and Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires Macri are “presidential contenders” who “will have a more realistic and mature approach over the Falklands question.”
In that sense, Swire revealed London’s position about Argentina's political scenario ahead of next year's presidential elections. The minister expressed UK’s certainty that the government “will change” since “Ms. Kirchner can't be reelected.”
“There will be then a new president. And we very much wish that the future government in Buenos Aires holds a different position.”
Hugo Swire, who was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK in 2012, arrived in Uruguay on Wednesday where he was received by the acting president Vice President Danilo Astori and held meetings with Uruguayan opposition lawmakers who visited the disputed Islands last month.
“We would like to have a friendlier relationship between the Falklands and the rest of the countries, including Argentina,” Swire insisted and recalled the referendum that Falkland Islanders held to reaffirm their decision to remain a British Overseas Territory, in March 2013.
The government of Argentina has long rejected the referendum with President Cristina Fernández personally describing it as a “consortium of squatters,” blasting the UK for the 1883 occupation of the Islands.
Minister Swire attended Chilean president Michelle Bachelet inauguration on Tuesday, and after a round of political talks and business contacts in Uruguay, left for Lima, where he was expected on Thursday.