Falkland Islands lawmakers have reacted with caution and expectation to the election of Mauricio Macri, ex Buenos Aires mayor, as Argentina's next president. He will succeed on 10 December Cristina Fernandez and twelve years of rough relations with Kirchnerism and constant intimidation.
In the Falkland Islands Government Legislative Assembly a number of Members commented on his election.
MLA Gavin Short said: “I think we all hope that under his leadership we may see a saner approach to life in the southern cone in general and relations between our two countries in particular.”
He cautioned however, “unless and until whatever Argentine government admit to their people that they have been lying to them for many, many years regarding their supposed claim over the Falkland Islands, even if an Argentine government was the most reasonable in the world... their intentions remain the same, and that is to take our country away from us. So let’s not get too starry eyed.”
MLA Jan Cheek said: “It will be interesting to see what develops in the coming months after the change in government in Argentina.
As always I think we stand ready to conduct a good neighborly relationship with all our South American neighbors if they reciprocate that sentiment.”
President elect Macri pledged his main objectives were to reach zero poverty, combat the narcotics trade and insecurity and give Argentines, a land of entrepreneurs, a chance to build.
He also said: “To our brothers from the region and the world: we want to have good relations with all countries, we want to work with all countries on a cooperation agenda.”
Mid week he announced the country’s foreign minister will be Susana Malcorra currently Head of the Cabinet of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. She will replace Hector Timmerman, notorious in the Falklands for stating there was “no such thing as a Falkland Islander.
Mr. Macri has made it clear he is committed to the principle of Argentine sovereignty over the Falkland Islands but while Mrs. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner accused Britain of militarising the South Atlantic, and called David Cameron illmannered, Mr Macri's team has spoken of broadening the important relationship with Britain.
Macri said little to nothing about the Falkland Islands during the election campaign, but at the time his opponents seized on comments he made in 1997: “I never quite understood the sovereignty claims of such a big country as ours. We don't have a space problem. Malvinas will become an additional deficit for the country's accounts.”
Unlike Cristina Fernandez he has declared no intention of having a Minister dedicated to the issue of the Falkland Islands. (PN).-
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Any new rottingroadkillian laws for the kelpers?Nov 27th, 2015 - 11:03 am 0
removing their constitution would be a step forward.Nov 27th, 2015 - 11:22 am 0
Mid week he announced the country’s foreign minister will be Susana Malcorra currently Head of the Cabinet of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. She will replace Hector Timmerman,Nov 27th, 2015 - 11:41 am 0
Gollum made every effort to get to the UN where he made Argentina a laughing stock, whilst Susana was already at the UN all the time presumably doing something useful.
An Argentinian that has no idea of the UN charter, being replaced by someone, hopefully who understands how the UN works and has done some research into the UN Charter.
I hope she is intelligent enough to be able to read the defunct UN resolution 2065 and to be able to understand what it is saying, i.e. the meaning of the words 'request,' 'Independence,' 'Interests' the U N Charter', 'the population'.
“I never quite understood the sovereignty claims of such a big country as ours. We don't have a space problem. Malvinas will become an additional deficit for the country's accounts.”
Why claim Islands no Argentine actually wants to live in?
There is an obvious reason why most Argentines do not live in the South of their country.
Why claim the Islands resources when Argentina have plenty of their own they don't exploit?
And as Macri points out, by the time the Argentines take to wreck the successful economy built up by the Islanders, it would then absorb huge amounts of money from Argentine coffers to support what would be a colonial outpost as few Argentines would wish to live there. If they did, those Argentines will already be living in Patagonia where there is more space.
At least if Macri cannot politically drop the Malvinas Myth, he might succeed in making Argentina less of a laughing stock, these posts may well replace the priceless entertainment afforded to us by Timmerman Filmus , Bogbrush, etc by some altrustic hope that Argentines get a better life and stop bullying the Islanders to offset their failures.