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Falkland Islands governor 'disrespectful' towards Argentina; Islanders would be better off under Argentina

Monday, May 19th 2014 - 09:15 UTC
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Ambassador Alicia Castro sent a barrage of accusations and claims regarding the Falklands/Malvinas Ambassador Alicia Castro sent a barrage of accusations and claims regarding the Falklands/Malvinas
Her outburst were motivated by an interview in the Argentine media of Governor Colin Roberts Her outburst were motivated by an interview in the Argentine media of Governor Colin Roberts

Argentine ambassador in London, Alicia Castro blasted Falklands Governor Colin Roberts claiming he has been disrespectful towards Argentina, insisted every country is aware that Argentina would never again invade the Falklands and underlined Islanders would be much better off under Argentine sovereignty since, “as all other provinces they could elect their own governor, and not have to live under an envoy from the Queen”.

Ms Castro added that the Islanders know very well that without Argentine collaboration or continental links they will not be able to develop hydrocarbons and an oil industry but if under Argentine sovereignty “they could exploit their oil resources like any other Argentine province and would enjoy a far better quality of life”.

The remarks were done by the Ambassador to Infobae, an Argentine news agency which did an original interview with Governor Roberts and that triggered the motive of controversy. “I was surprised at the cheek with which governor Roberts talked about Argentine harassment and bullying against the Malvinas”.

The governor is ”being disrespectful towards Argentina arguing that those actions (bullying) are disappointing and undignified for a democratic state and then tells our government should 'improve its behavior'. They treat us as if we were subjects from the empire“, said Ambassador Castro.

In his interview Governor Roberts had spoken of a series of ”actions“ and ”declarations“ by ”the Argentine government in the last few years that have been designed to damage the economy and suffocate the capacities of the Islands’ inhabitants“.

However Ms Castro said that the alleged ”Argentine hostility“ is ”a total fabrication from the British media programmed by British propaganda“

”They like to present us as harassers but the truth is that the British government invaded our Islands in 1833 and forcibly expelled Argentine authorities“.

Besides ”all the international community recognizes there is a sovereignty conflict“ and the UK refuses to dialogue despites the 41 UN resolutions urging both sides to sit and negotiate”, insisted Ms Castro.

And “in open violation of those resolutions in the Malvinas Islands they are now illegally exploiting our fisheries resources”, and immediately added, “who's doing the bullying, us of the invaders”.

As to the military presence in the Falklands, Ms Castro who was also ambassador in Venezuela, (2006/2011) argued that Argentina “no longer exists as a war threat for the UK or the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands”.

“There's no need for any military presence in the Islands” because the UK “as the rest of the world is well aware that Argentina never again will go to war over the Malvinas Islands”.

Ms Castro also underlined that the Islanders “would not have a colonial governor named by the Queen” if under Argentine sovereignty since “like the rest of the Argentine provinces they could elect their own governor”.

Besides Islanders known, despite trying to hide the fact, “that the exploitation of hydrocarbons is not feasible or achievable without a link with the continent”.

“If Argentina had sovereignty over the Islands, they could exploit their oil resources like any other Argentine oil province. They would also have a better quality of life”, insisted the ambassador.

According to Infobae Ms Castro next month will be meeting with former Scottish Labor leader Tam Dalyell, author of the book “One Man's Falklands”, and one of the very few MPs that in 1982 voted against the war following the invasion and 74-day occupation of the Falklands by Argentine forces.
 

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  • boufiewolf

    How long are they gonna perpetuate this stinking pile of dog turd? By sticking two fingers up and claiming they're NOT the belligerent party whom is in the wrong just makes it all seem like playground bullying to me.

    May 19th, 2014 - 09:42 am 0
  • Clyde15

    Is this woman for real ? Does she actually believe the crap she is peddling ?
    The Islanders should swop the Queen and governor for a Kirchner clone ?
    I think the referendum answered that question for her.
    What colour is the sky in her universe !

    May 19th, 2014 - 09:49 am 0
  • zathras

    What a load of codswallop.

    The people of the Falkland Islands do not want to be colonized by Argentina.

    The Argentinians militarized the Falklands when they invaded. including among other things Napalm Bombs and 30 THOUSAND landmines.

    The only reason there are British military there now is to protect the population for aggressive actions by Argentina.

    As for...

    “There's no need for any military presence in the Islands” because the UK “as the rest of the world is well aware that Argentina never again will go to war over the Malvinas Islands”.

    That's all fine and dandy but just words and I think 4 Air Defense Typhoon aircraft are a lot more certain than words from a here today gone tomorrow political appointment.

    Oh as to the ex MP his name is TAM DALYELL, from the LABOUR party.
    And he did not approve of the 1st Gulf war where we kicked Iraq out of Kuwait, or what we did (eventually) to protect Kosovo.

    May 19th, 2014 - 09:56 am 0
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