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Argentina as a 'live threat' to the Falklands, triggers fury from Buenos Aires

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 06:39 UTC
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The UK is guilty of “bringing up the ghost of a supposed Argentine threat in order to increase the military budget” said the foreign ministry The UK is guilty of “bringing up the ghost of a supposed Argentine threat in order to increase the military budget” said the foreign ministry
According to the release from Timerman, 'sad and regrettable that the Malvinas are used as an electoral campaign issue by the Cameron administration   According to the release from Timerman, 'sad and regrettable that the Malvinas are used as an electoral campaign issue by the Cameron administration

The government of President Cristina Fernandez accused the United Kingdom of using an alleged Argentine threat to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands in order to boost its military budget, while also claiming that the archipelago has been turned into an electoral campaign issue.

 After UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon announced earlier on Tuesday before Parliament that the British military garrison on the Falklands would be upgraded, because of what he described a “live threat” against the South Atlantic islands, the Argentine government lashed back with a terse statement.

According to the Foreign Ministry, headed by Hector Timerman, the UK is guilty of “bringing up the ghost of a supposed Argentine threat in order to increase the military budget,” a move described as “unbelievable and absolutely unjustifiable.”

Those abundant funds should be used in benefit of the British people, to combat unemployment, improve education and health services, and social inclusion: “you can't keep deceiving UK citizens and tax payers with ghosts from the past”.

“It is a sad and regrettable paradox that on a 24 March, on the 39th anniversary of the 1976 military coup, which had the accomplice support of many world powers, the Malvinas are used as a political campaign issue in the UK and there is an invocation of a war initiated 32 years ago by a genocide dictatorship, the greatest political, social, economic and cultural tragedy of the Argentine people”.

Further on the release states that the Fallon announcement deliberately ignores that the search for a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Islands is a State policy from an Argentine solid democracy which has the support of all political groupings with legislative representation.

Finally the release calls on the UK government to abide by the over 40 UN resolutions calling for negotiations on the Falklands/Malvinas, and also mentions the many statements from regional organizations which have made of the Malvinas Question a Latin-American cause.

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  • stick up your junta

    war initiated 32 years ago by a genocide dictatorship, the greatest political, social, economic and cultural tragedy of the Argentine people”.

    This lot didn't think so
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xqwNsmzCbM

    Mar 25th, 2015 - 07:10 am 0
  • Benson

    “while also claiming that the archipelago has been turned into an electoral campaign issue.”
    Well if that's true they got the idea from you. In private the Argentine government must be doing cartwheels shouting “Woohoo, they've given us another distraction”

    Mar 25th, 2015 - 07:22 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    I've often wondered if the muppets that make up the Argentine government actually EVER listen to all the crap that they spout.

    It was only a couple of weeks ago that some Argentine government lackey was bragging about how the new fighters that they were 'buying' from the Chinese had the range to attack Port Stanley.

    Now if that can't be taken as a threat, what can?

    Added to this is all the other provocations that the Argentine government has done over the last few years, including their defence minister (at the time) stating that it was only the British forces on the Falklands that prevented another Argentine invasion.

    And throughout it all Argentina has embarrassed itself on the world stage by proclaiming that 4 fighters, 1 RN ship and 1,200 military personnel were the LARGEST NATO base in the world!

    They have lied so much and so often that they actually forget what they've said. They make stupid statements to their own indoctrinated people, apparently forgetting that in this technological age, that means that everyone in the world can see and hear what they are saying.

    And the more desperate Argentina gets the more likely the government is to do something monumentally stupid, like try to invade the Falklands. I mean that's exactly what the military Junta did, isn't it?

    Although I don't believe that Argentina currently has the ability to launch an invasion of the Falklands, I wouldn't put it past them to try some stupid political stunt, that would most likely end with people dying so they can pull out their well worn 'victim' card and go screeching around the world about how the 'nasty' British are 'picking' on us.

    So it makes sense to upgrade and improve the defences around all British South Atlantic territories.

    Mr Timmerman, if the British wanted to station 50,000 troops, armed to the teeth, on the Falklands it would be none of Argentina's business, only the business of the Falklands Islands Government and the British Government.

    Mar 25th, 2015 - 07:25 am 0
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