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Malvinas question: Macri should surround himself of prudent, skilful advisors, says ex Army chief

Wednesday, January 4th 2017 - 08:54 UTC
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“Argentina must strengthen its dissuasion, negotiations and security capacities”, said ex Army chief and Malvinas veteran General Martin Balza “Argentina must strengthen its dissuasion, negotiations and security capacities”, said ex Army chief and Malvinas veteran General Martin Balza

A former Argentine Army chief and Malvinas veteran, General Martin Balza said on Tuesday that president Mauricio Macri's government must “strengthen its dissuasion and negotiation capacities” in the Malvinas Islands question, and should surround himself of prudent advisors on the matter.

 “Argentina must strengthen its dissuasion, negotiations and security capacities”, and it is imperative to sharpen our thinking to come up with serious, imaginative proposals. “It's not convenient to repeat strategies that enabled the UK to get involved in unilateral political actions to ensure the status quo and refuse to talk about sovereignty” insisted Balza in a radio interview.

Likewise “we must consolidate a domestic front dispossessed of partisan, political and ideological positions, and it is essential to be supported by prudent and highly qualified advisors on the issue”

However the Malvinas veteran, and Army chief under ex president Carlos Menem admitted not having sufficient elements “to reply if the Macri administration was mistaken or not in its current policy towards the Malvinas question”.

On the 184th anniversary of the ''British usurpation'' of the South Atlantic Islands, Balza underlined that Malvinas is “a national cause, a reason of State, a national agglutinating feeling, that goes beyond any comprehensible political, ideological or partisan position”.

Finally Balza described as a “major error” the fact that the Social Development ministry had omitted the Malvinas Islands in designing a map of Argentina which it shared in social media as part of New Year greetings.

“I must think there was no intent in the mistake, but it is a serious error which must be sanctioned, since it can only be explained as an act of incompetence, distraction, negligence and lack of capacity and supervision, by the design department of the Social Development ministry” concluded the general. .


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  • St.John

    Voice wrote: “I might remind you at this point that Argentina had already formely claimed the Islands and notified the claim in the newspapers in 1820”

    When asked for documentation, we get a distorted list of newspapers, not including any Argentine, especially missing the official “La Gazeta de Buenos Ayres”.

    The government of the United Provinces did not make any official announcement of Jewett's claim, simply because they had no knowledge of any such claim. The declaration was first reported 8 June 1821 in the “Salem Gazette”, Salem, Massachusetts; 8 days later it appeared in “Niles' Weekly Register” (Baltimore) following which the letter was reproduced 3 August 1821 in the British “The Times”, then mentioned August 1821 in a small newspaper in Cádiz [1], Spain with reference to a brief notice from Gibraltar, later reported in Argentina as a foreign news story.

    Salem Gazette - this obscure biweekly (Tuesday and Friday) newspaper in one of the world's major cities (snigger) with less than 43 000 inhabitants, is what Voice think is the proper place to pronounce the acquisation of the Falkland Islands, an acquisation, which was not even mentioned in Jewett's 13 pages report to the government of Estado Buenos Aires/United Provinces of Rio de la Plata.


    Jan 08th, 2017 - 01:22 am +11
  • Roger Lorton

    Macri knows the truth. It's the rest of the brainwashed idiots that are the problem. The Falklands are British. Argentines need to get used to that fact.

    Jan 04th, 2017 - 11:22 am +10
  • James Marshall

    Voice, your logic in this argument makes absolutely no sense. If we follow your line of reasoning to a logical conclusion, the majority of the 'Americas' have no claim on the land they live on.

    Europeans were not the first to sight settle or claim the Americas. Yet here we are in the C21, with many people of European ethnicity claiming they have a right to own and govern the lands of the indigenous populations.

    If you are arguing that GB/Falkland Islanders have no right to claim East Falkland after 184 years of interrupted possession, then you argue that any land taken by force or threat of force is null and void in the context of past historical conquests.

    So let us assume for the purposes of fairness that GB did not have a right to claim East Falkland in 1833 only West Falkland.....who should have the right to claim East Falkland? Spain, France, certainly not Argentina as the are 'Johnny come lately's' (one of yours Voice) to the party.

    So who other than the Islanders/GB as of 2017 has the historical right to claim East Falkland?

    You can bleat on about your precious 'Historical Facts' all you like, but when you add all the other facts into the mix, adding the all important 'context', your argument is pointless.

    Jan 05th, 2017 - 12:32 pm +7
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