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Falklands/Malvinas issue: Malcorra promises to follow on Ban Ki-moon's steps

Wednesday, June 8th 2016 - 07:09 UTC
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Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra said on Tuesday that if elected as United Nations next Secretary General she will follow on Ban Ki-moon steps when it comes to the Falklands/Malvinas issue, and downplayed the fact of her nationality in reference to the dispute. Read full article


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  • zathras

    “I believe in a UN which focuses on the people, the planet and shared prosperity, guided by issues and centered on generating impact”, pointed out Malcorra in her presentation.

    And, in the current world, “the only way to achieve an impact is listening carefully to the people and working in harmony with local, regional and international partners”....

    Well how about listening to the People of Falkland Islands.

    In a fair and internationally monitored and recognized referendum they rejected Argentina and wished to remain with the UK.

    Note she use the word people, which the Falkland Islanders indeed are.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 07:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Carrick1

    Malcorra pushes Argentinian lies and does not care about truth and rights of certain islanders, obviously. I don't see her once mentioning the ICJ as the place to resolve this dispute, so dishonesty from the start. How did she ever get in in the first place, in previous job? (Hard work, truthfulness OR part of a long term plan...)
    If equality between men and women is accepted at all levels, gender does not come in to this, it's what you bring with you.
    Considering she has been very vocal from the start of new position in Arg. Govt., pushing Arg. lies and trying to discount & ignore the people of the Falkland Islands,
    I do NOT see how that bias is in anyway compatible with Secretary General position.
    Just like the recent flights proposal, this sounds like a trojan horse plan and any fairness will be binned before she sits down at Secretary General desk.
    Britain must VETO Malcorra.
    Falkland Islands for the Falkland Islanders, strongly supported by Britain.
    Self-determination, FI Govt., history and 1982 all supports the Falkland Islanders, plus an active deterrent to any ideas of Arg. aggression.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 08:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    UK has always played the long game.

    Argentina is now beginning to realise the consequences if its past actions and obstinacy.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 08:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • darragh

    “Susana Malcorra said on Tuesday that if elected as United Nations next Secretary General she will follow on Ban Ki-moon steps when it comes to the Falklands/Malvinas issue”

    So let me quote Ban-Ki-Moon when speaking on Wednesday May 19th 2010 at a forum on de-colonization in Noumea, New Caledonia -

    “The world’s 16 remaining territories that still do not govern themselves must have complete freedom in deciding their future status”.

    He has also made a similar statement more recently:-

    “The Secretary General added that according to “the Charter of the United Nations and relevant General Assembly resolutions, a full measure of self-government can be achieved through independence, integration or free association with another State. The choice should be the result of the freely expressed will and desire of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories”.

    Will Ms Malcorra make an announcement agreeing with these statements by Ban-ki-Moon which, of course would mean her acceptance of the FI referendum?

    I doubt it.

    If she doesn't then she is being dishonest.

    Not a way for a prospective UN Sec Gen to behave in my humble opinio

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 10:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    This could be fun. Will argieland still claim that all the world supports it when Malcorra only gets votes from Latin America?

    In recent news, Russia! protested AGAINST argieland's claims on the continental shelf. Seems argieland doesn't have as much support as it thinks!

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 11:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GALlamosa

    If she believes this as secretary General of the UN, then she must also believe it as Foreign Minister of Argentina. You cannot believe in two fundamentally different sides of a UN sponsored moral principle depending on which job you have.

    So Mrs Malcorra, which one is it ?

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 11:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “Helen Clark, from New Zealand.”

    Perhaps the UK could support Helen? Is she any less capable than Malcorra?

    Malcorra only states that Ban Ki Moon offered to present his offices to listen to Argentina and UK make their case, however the common Argentine trait of sticking head in the sand/being selective about UN statements while ignoring most, seems to have been deployed, as she doesn't appear to emphasise the points made @4 darragh's post, that suggests that the original C24 objectives are to enable ex-colonies to determine their own future.

    It will be interesting to see how Argentina present their case to the C24 this year.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    @3 “ Argentina is now beginning to realise the consequences if its past actions and obstinacy.”

    -- That would suggest a degree of maturity and consciousness which is still light-years from being achieved or even understood in Argentistan.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 01:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Except Ban-Ki Moon has said much more than that on the subject. Like:

    Not to forget:

    Little wonder she “downplayed” her position on this.

    Together with her gross and deliberate miss-representation of a simple and non-controversial CLCS notification, this answer, like her, can only be considered as woefully inadequate at best.

    @ 7 Pete Bog
    The fact that Argentina is even allowed to present its case for colonising one of the territories listed with the committee for de-colonisation, tells you all you need to know about that particular committee.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 01:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Skippi, Nauru and Manus?


    Jun 08th, 2016 - 02:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Roger Lorton

    Malcorra's problems may actually be her inability to impress within the UN.

    “Susana Malcorra, then chief of staff to Ban, was criticised by a panel of inquiry last December into the Kompass case for mishandling the affair. Malcorra quit the UN to take up a post as foreign minister in her native Argentina a month before the panel inquiry report into the Kompass scandal was published.”

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 02:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Celidro

    But...the C24 is not concerned with sovereignty, its concern is supposed to be about colonies obtaining freedom from colonialism? Argentina wants to colonise the Falklands when the inhabitants want to remain a BOT?
    Is the C24 a sort of luncheon club?

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    12 Celidro (#)

    “Is the C24 a sort of luncheon club?”

    Oh yes.

    Both Gib and the FI have invited the C24 to actually visit them and see what they are really like.

    Gib even offered to pay the airfare.
    Guess what...
    The Head of the C24 refused to visit.

    Not sure how they can consider a “colonial situation” when they to refuse to vist the alleged colonies.

    Time for the C24 to put up or shut up.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 05:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SauveQuiPeut

    'Furthermore under the UN continental rotation system, it should be Latin America's turn to hold the Secretary General seat.'

    If so, the UN doesn't seem to know anything about it...they apparently reckon it's Europe's turn now (Eastern Europe specifically) and Latin America/Caribbean next time.

    That's why the 10 current candidates for the job comprise 7 East Europeans, 2 West European & Others, and precisely 1 (one) Latin American.

    Jun 08th, 2016 - 11:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alejo

    “Malcorra promises to follow on Ban Ki-moon's steps” - Argentine promises, promises, promises? Is there such a thing?

    Jun 09th, 2016 - 07:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Promises, certainly. Of the North Korean variety.

    Jun 09th, 2016 - 02:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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