Boris Johnson, the leading candidate in the current process to replace Theresa May as UK prime minister is open to dialogue on the Falklands/Malvinas issue, said Argentine foreign minister Jorge Faurie during a meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
On Wednesday the Argentine delegation that attended the Decolonization Committee, C24 debate visited Mr. Guterres to request he continues with his relevant good offices in trying to convince the UK to sit at the table and resume negotiations with Argentina on the Falklands, following on UN General Assembly resolutions and the latest from the C24 on Tuesday.
There was a clear willingness and definitive commitment from Guterres to call on the UK to dialogue with Argentina, on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute, said one of the participants of the meeting with Mr. Guterres, quoted in the Argentine news agency Infobae.
Minister Faurie on the occasion was accompanied by government and opposition lawmakers from the C24 delegation, plus the permanent representative before the UN in New York, ambassador Martin Garcia Moritan.
However according to the report from Martin Dinatale, who writes on diplomatic and Falklands/Malvinas issues, the UN Secretary General was somehow reluctant not about the request, but rather the opportunity, since the UK is going through a complicated political situation following the resignation of Theresa May as prime minister and there is not a clear course in London.
It was then that minister Faurie underlined it was precisely a good opportunity to open a way for dialogue since among the hopefuls to replace Mrs. May is Boris Johnson who has shown his willingness to dialogue with Argentina on the Falklands/Malvinas question.
A year ago, May 2018, Boris Johnson, then Foreign Secretary made a quick visit to Buenos Aires as part of a South American tour, and deposited a flower wreath at the monument in central Buenos Aires to the memory of those Argentines who fell during the 1982 conflict.
Mr. Johnson was in Buenos Aires for a G20 meeting of foreign ministers ahead of the leaders' summit in December that year. During his brief stay, the short lived foreign secretary met Argentina's leaders in the framework of the new constructive attitude from the president Mauricio Macri administration towards the UK and the Falklands' dispute.
UN Secretary General Guterres said he would go ahead with his good offices commitment to call on the UK to sit and dialogue over the Falklands' sovereignty although no date or official format for the Argentine request was advanced.
Minister Faurie reiterated that Argentina strongly believes in the significance of sitting at a table to address and debate, constructively, all our differences He also mentioned the recent advisory opinion from the International Court of The Hague calling on the UK to end colonization of the Chagos archipelago, and its return to Mauritius island.
This is a major blow to colonialism, a historic win for Mauritius and reinforces the juridical stand of Argentina in its claim over the Malvinas Islands pointed out Faurie, a valuable antecedent for Argentina's claim which will be incorporated to the C24 record.