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Macri downplays chat with May, “it was no formal meeting”, just “a nice gesture from the prime minister”

Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 07:15 UTC
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Argentine president Mauricio Macri on Wednesday downplayed the chat with PM Theresa May on Tuesday at the UN banquet in New York saying it was “no formal or official meeting”, but nevertheless underlined the “good predisposition” for dialogue which Argentina had lost during the last twelve years and anticipated that the Falklands/Malvinas Islands question “will demand many years”. Read full article

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  • gordo1

    I think we must all shout to Macri that THE UNITED NATIONS HAS NEVER SUPPORTED THE ARGENTINE CLAIM TO SOVEREIGNTY OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS.

    However, dialogue HAS been promoted and the meaningless and toothless UN Special Committee on Decolonisation has mumbled about the matter for several years but as the several British Overseas Territories on their list of territories for decolonization are quite happy with the “status quo” nobody takes any notice - except Argentina.

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 07:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • James Marshall

    So put the conversation in the right order......

    ”....from the next table, to greet me and said that she hoped that in the future we could sit to dialogue, and I replied that Argentina was ready for an open dialogue which includes all issues, including sovereignty”

    as opposed to yesterday's quotes....

    “During lunch yes, I greeted Theresa May, we came across with the UK prime minister and I told her I was ready to begin an open dialogue which obviously includes the issues of the Malvinas Islands sovereignty”

    and then...

    “Yes, we should begin talking” the UK leader told Macri, and although it was a process that would take years, the good thing was for it to begin. “I emphasized that for us its was the main issue, since they belong”

    It is amazing what context does for a conversation.
    Is this the fault of the Arg. press for changing the sequence or Marci's wishful thinking. After all some Argentines have a problem with recounting exactly what happened in the past....they claim many things, but how many are true!

    So Think has disappeared for a few days since this embarrassing debacle and we get Hektor turn up spouting straight from the Malvanista song book. Coincidence? Deflection?

    Oops, off to refill my pop corn.

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 08:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Lucan

    Yes, we have no Malvinas, we have no Malvinas today!
    We've got Pitcairn, Helena, Gib and Bermuda
    Antarctic, South Georgia we say
    Just like the tom a to
    We got no isles you can go to
    Oh yes, we have no Malvinas, we have no Malvinas today!

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 08:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    “We Argentines are convinced that with time, yes or yes, what UN and so many other countries have supported, will confirm our sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands”.

    Ah that mythical Malvinas claim: https://www.academia.edu/17799157/Falklands_-_Some_Relevant_International_Law

    Time for Argentina to move on.

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 10:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • darragh

    In reality the conversation went something like:

    Theresa May to Macri “Excuse me waiter could you pass the menu please”.

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 01:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Teresa May talking to Macri, for all the Argentines reading this, it is called courtesy something the Argies are sadly lacking.

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DennisA

    This was a gesture saying she could speak to him for two minutes, or was it one?

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    He seems to have gleaned an awful lot from this brief encounter, they are setting themselves up for a fall again.

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 04:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Cobblers, the man lies again

    I didn't agree to ANYTHING: Argentina backtracks on agreeing to talks on Falkland Islands

    ARGENTINA'S president has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn after claiming to have agreed talks with Theresa May over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/713379/Falkland-Islands-dispute-Argentine-president-Mauricio-Macri-sovereignty-talks-gaffe

    Sep 22nd, 2016 - 07:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    President Macri has shown how he believes things exist just if he speaks about it.
    His disastrous blunder raises questions about his capacity to exercise his high responsibilities.
    When a second-line official is obliged to correct what the president stated, we are in big trouble.

    Sep 23rd, 2016 - 01:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kanye

    Mr. Massot,

    “we are in big trouble”

    Who's “we”?

    You have lived in Canada for decades, are you a citizen ?
    I expect you needed to adopt another home, you could never go back to Argentina, correct?
    Did the Junta regard you as a terrorist?

    You have likely lived in Canada as long as Argentina.

    Sep 23rd, 2016 - 02:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    “Some enchanted evening
    You may see a stranger,
    you may see a stranger
    Across a crowded room
    And somehow you know,
    You know even then
    That somewhere you'll see her
    Again and again.”

    Shame it's from the soundtrack “South Pacific” - not the “South Atlantic”. But we are dealing with Argentina masters of twisting the tale to suit their agenda.

    “Who can explain it?
    Who can tell you why?
    Fools give you reasons,
    Wise men never try.”

    Sep 23rd, 2016 - 07:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    11
    “I expect you needed to adopt another home, you could never go back to Argentina, correct?”
    Why the fcuk would anyone assume that....because someone emigrates to another country?
    Do you think that is why folk emigrate...?

    No you don't ...you are just pretending that you are unaware of past similar comments on here...probably made by yourself using your previous login....
    You will eventually make the mistake of repeating yourself almost word for word on a position previously stated using your previous login....
    ...and when you do...
    it will not pass unnoticed...
    I will identify you....
    I remember everything....
    I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday...
    I was barely seventeen, and I once killed a boy with a Fender guitar...

    Sep 23rd, 2016 - 07:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    @10
    “President Macri has shown how he believes things exist just if he speaks about it.”

    Wow. Are you trying to say it's congenital? Or cultural? Because you do that very thing all the time. ;)

    http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b521/imoyaro/chopperlaff_zpsrpl58kjd.gif

    Sep 23rd, 2016 - 07:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Come on chaps give them the benefit of doubt, maybe lost in translation on the other hand it could be posturing to the population who seem to lap it up,. poor dears.

    Sep 23rd, 2016 - 03:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brasherboot

    I was there. Theresa May said she would be handing over the islands within 25 years as world opinion was against us.

    She was also very worried about the powerful influence of the UN decolonisation committee and the pope.

    As we all know, BREXIT will seriously destabilise the UKs ability to defend against Argentina's global influence and burgeoning military strength. Anymore scenes of Argentinian runners in the Falklands seriously erode the UKs ability to defend against Argentina and all its friends in South America.

    Sep 24th, 2016 - 05:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    16#
    LOL!

    There is nothing like a first hand, eye witness account of an event. It adds credibility and gravitas to the analysis that followed.

    Sep 25th, 2016 - 12:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Since his monumental blunder, Macri flew back home and the next day he was travelling in an autobus and talking to fellow passengers, and photos “somehow” got into social media.
    Turns out, the bus was hired and out-of-service and the passengers were all hired extras.
    Macri always manages to surprise people.
    When you think he has done his best, he still manages to outperform himself.
    But it does not make any sense to criticize Macri in this forum does it? Islanders are all the happier when things go bad for the gauchos, eh?

    Sep 25th, 2016 - 08:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    Let's put it this way, Komrade/Kamerad Rique, he's doing a better job than you are or ever have. (Admittedly that could mean damn near nothing.) As for criticism, I am looking for where the country is at at the end of his reign. Hopefully it will be worse than you project. ;)

    http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b521/imoyaro/chopperlaff_zpsryuikyku.gif

    Sep 25th, 2016 - 09:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kanye

    Mr Massot

    “But it does not make any sense to criticize Macri in this forum does it? Islanders are all the happier when things go bad for the gauchos, eh?”

    And it's ironic that you are determined to be happier when things go bad for the Argentine economic recovery and Argentina on the world stage.

    Sep 25th, 2016 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    #20 Kanye
    “...you are determined to be happier when things go bad for the Argentine economic recovery...”
    Not me, Kanye. Even from afar, I care about my home country and wish my country people well.
    And after all, what I believe matters not, but what the common people are experiencing every day down there. And that is not pretty.

    Sep 26th, 2016 - 02:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Kanye

    They got to where they are from a culture of greed and corruption and 12 years of incompetence and economic decay that drove them into the ground.

    And you don't want them to “change course”

    Sep 26th, 2016 - 03:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    @21
    Enrique, you are so out of touch with the Motherland.It is far better now than under the Kirchners who drove the country almost into bankruptcy

    Sep 28th, 2016 - 12:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    http://www.hoover.org/profiles/bruce-thornton

    http://www.hoover.org/profiles/bruce-thornton

    Sep 29th, 2016 - 01:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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