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Argentina downgrades Malvinas Department, but sovereignty claim “remains as strong as ever”

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 06:37 UTC
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 “Malvinas Islands Secretariat has been transformed into the Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands Under Secretariat, as it has always been” confirmed Malcorra “Malvinas Islands Secretariat has been transformed into the Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands Under Secretariat, as it has always been” confirmed Malcorra
“It was only in recent times that the department was upgraded to full Secretariat” in reference to the office which with Cristina Fernandez was under Daniel Filmus. “It was only in recent times that the department was upgraded to full Secretariat” in reference to the office which with Cristina Fernandez was under Daniel Filmus.
Malcorra then talked about Gibraltar as a reference, Spain does not yield in its claim but has strong trade and investments relations, “what we should be doing”. Malcorra then talked about Gibraltar as a reference, Spain does not yield in its claim but has strong trade and investments relations, “what we should be doing”.

The Argentine government announced it downgraded the Malvinas Islands department at the Foreign ministry, but minister Susana Malcorra insisted that the sovereignty claim over the South Atlantic Islands “remains” as strong as ever and will advance in different forms, probably more subtle, and with Gibraltar as a reference.

 “The former Malvinas Islands Secretariat has been transformed into the Malvinas and South Atlantic Islands Under Secretariat, as it has always been” confirmed Ms Malcorra on Friday.

She added that the rank of that office “to address the Malvinas has been traditionally that of an Under Secretariat. It was only in recent times that the department was upgraded to full Secretariat” in reference to the office which with ex president Cristina Fernandez was under Daniel Filmus.

“The whole issue is far more complicated that only the Malvinas Islands so we thought this had to be addressed in the harmonious overall management of relations. The issue depends on the Secretary who is responsible for all foreign relations”, explained the Argentine foreign minister.

Asked if this new ranking of the office could mean a change in Malvinas claim policy, Malcorra said that “most probably the structures will be different”

“We are going to insist with the claim which is historic and is established in the Constitution, we don't have options to act differently. As Argentines we know and understand what we pretend with the Malvinas, and it's a principle we are not going to drop. What we are going to do is to address it in a form and relation with the UK and the rest of the world, which might result with some subtleties”, anticipated the minister.

With the UK, “we are going to talk on many issues, without yielding in what we believe is our sovereignty right but this also means having a mature position on the rest of the many other things we can talk about”

Malcorra then said she likes to compare what goes on between the UK and Spain regarding the Gibraltar claim. “It's a historic claim in which Spain does not yield, but in the meantime they have very strong trade and investments relations, and that is what we should be doing”.

Finally, “I believe we can find some path along which we can have some advantages in other areas, while we keep pushing for the Malvinas Islands, as mandated by the constitution”.

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  • Skip

    Yes very strong...... as government resources to it are continually “downgraded”.

    But as Malcorra admits, the government is bound by the constitution and they “don't have options to act differently”.

    But they are obviously going to stop wasting as much money on their claim. The government is starting a generational change to finally stop the lie.

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 06:57 am 0
  • Da_pict

    But I now understand where their claim comes from. Was playing the board game Risk for the first time in years and the Falklands are actually shown as being part of Argentina ;-P

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 07:04 am 0
  • mollymauk

    Mmm.... interesting translation of whatever she said-
    “As Argentines we know and understand what we pretend with the Malvinas, and it's a principle we are not going to drop.”

    Two definitions of “pretend” in my dictionary -

    The far less commonly used one is -
    ”lay claim to (a quality or title)“

    I suspect the more appropriate one is the most commonly used-
    ”behave so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not.”

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 10:32 am 0
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