The administration of Argentine president Alberto Fernandez will implement an integral policy towards the Malvinas Islands, Antarctica and the South Atlantic because it wants to emphasize the maritime projection of Argentina and the fact that it is a bi-continental territory.
The statement belongs to Daniel Filmus the recently appointed Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic Secretary who also underlined 2020 is a very special year since Argentina will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the flying of its flag, for the first time in the Malvinas Islands, by US navy officer and privateer David Jewett following specific instructions from then Buenos Aires governor Martín Rodríguez.
We shall do everything we consider necessary to defend our sovereignty claim over the Malvinas, and the conservation of our natural resources in the South Atlantic whose defense were neglected under the previous administration, pointed out Filmus who has been quite loquacious lately since his recent appointment.
Anyhow Argentina's claim of the Malvinas Islands must include respect for the interests of the Islanders and comply with what our Constitution says about their way of life.
More specifically on the maritime projection of Argentina and its bi-continental condition, Filmus said besides reaffirming presence in the South Atlantic and Antarctica, ”the Argentine sea (South Atlantic) is one of the richest in living and non living resources, which represents a great challenge for marine scientific research and conservation of bio diversity, and an excellent opportunity for international cooperation and regional integration.
Filmus said that Argentina to its approximately 4.799.000 square kilometers of territorial waters now has added 1.782.000 sq km of continental shelf beyond the 200 miles, with rights over sea bed and below sea bed resources, according to the UN committee on continental shelf limits. This does not include the areas surrounding the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands given the sovereignty dispute with the UK.
Active sovereignty presence in the continental shelf and its resources is strategic as is Argentina's membership of the Antarctic Treaty, we will work strongly to consolidate our maritime and Antarctic conscience, adding that in this framework the recovery of the Malvinas Islands is top priority of the Fernandez administration foreign policy.
The Macri government formal but low intensity demand of Malvinas sovereignty, and its 'no defense' policy of our resources was clearly established in the Foradori/Duncan communiqué, which will be reviewed in all that affects national interests, affirmed Filmus who nevertheless said that the identification of fallen soldiers in Malvinas will continue, it is a humanitarian action that must continue until its finalizations, and to this we are committed
To this purpose the sovereignty umbrella which enables a dialogue with UK will continue and a good example of this is the identification of soldiers remains, but the problem is not the umbrella but what's under it, no way will it be used to yield sovereignty or allow the looting of our natural resources.
How will it be implemented? As president Fernandez set it out in three main objectives, keep pounding our sovereignty claim in all multilateral forae, and demanding compliance with the UN General Assembly Resolution 2065, which calls on the UK to begin a bilateral dialogue on sovereignty. Secondly International Law and Argentine law protect our natural resources in the usurped region and finally, insist with awareness of the Malvinas cause in Argentine society, generation after generation, including honoring those who fought bravely in the defense of our sovereignty”.
All this will be supported by a plural Malvinas National Council, with representatives from the political opposition, Tierra del Fuego province, academia, law experts and Veterans, which will work on medium and long term State policies, with the purpose of complying with the Constitution. The council will depend directly from the Presidency.
Finally Filmus underlined the two centuries, next November, since the United Provinces flag (Argentina) was flown by David Jewett Malvinas (in Port Louis) on instructions from then Buenos Aires governor Martin Rodriguez, a milestone in the claim of the Malvinas Islands, since the very beginning of our nation, and working along the only path possible, peacefully, resuming dialogue with the UK, so we can advance in the recovery of our territorial integrity