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Argentina asks Ireland's support to exclude the Falklands from any post Brexit EU-UK accord

Saturday, May 23rd 2020 - 10:50 UTC
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Minister Felipe Solá and members of his cabinet during the round of talks with peers Minister Felipe Solá and members of his cabinet during the round of talks with peers

The Argentine foreign minister Felipe Solá held a round of talks with his counterparts from Australia, Ireland and Armenia to address issues of special significance for an Argentine foreign policy such as the current Coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on the global economy, and the European Union position regarding the Falkland Islands in a post Brexit scenario.

In talks with Australian foreign minister Marise Payne, Sola agreed on the need to strengthen the role of the World Health Organization, WHO, and underlined that Argentina insists that any innovation or advances to combat Covid 19 must be declared a “global public asset” and accessible to all countries.

“We must insist that all technologic innovation related to Covid 19, be it vaccines, new treatments and others, must not be only motivated by the search of high profitability”, underlined Solá who during the conversation was backed by two professional diplomats, foreign affairs secretary Pablo Tettamanti and foreign ministry cabinet chief, Guillermo Justo Chaves.

On Thursday Solá held a long conversation with Irish foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney. The minister started by thanking Irish authorities for the assistance provided during the funeral of the Argentine ambassador in Dublin, Laura Bernal. But the main issue was referred to the Falkland Islands in the context of current post Bexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Argentina is concerned, in the event of an accord with the European Union which regulates the future association of UK with the EU, about the implications it could have for “the Argentine territories of the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, under sovereignty dispute with the UK”.

”Argentina would much appreciate Ireland's support so that the European Block, in the framework of the trade agreement signed with Mercosur, abstains from including the Malvinas Islands in the current negotiations with the UK, referred to the withdrawal of UK from the EU, in such a way that this relationship in the future, does not apply or have effects for the Islands.

Finally Solá talked with his peer from Armenia, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, with whom they shared experiences regarding the Covid 19 pandemic, bilateral relations, Argentine investments in Armenia and the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Argentine embassy in the capital Erevan.

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  • Pugol-H

    No chance of Ireland supporting that, none.

    They are not going to anger the British Gov like that over something that does not involve them. Not to mention the serious outrage in some parts of Ireland over supporting annexing territory against the wishes of its legitimate inhabitants.

    Difficult to think of anything they would be less likely to want to do.

    Very little chance of there being any trade deal in the first place, none if Gibraltar and or the Falklands are not included, as is spelt out very clearly in the UK position papers.

    Spain are unlikely to force the issue of Gibraltar in the talks, oh they will try and gain whatever advantage they can from it, but when that proves to be none they will not block any deal because of it.

    The idea that Ireland will block any deal, vital to its economic survival, because of Argentina and the Falklands is laughable.

    Clutching at straws in the bottom of the barrel there.

    May 23rd, 2020 - 04:09 pm +8
  • Swede

    Why should European countries, like Poland, Sweden, Germany, Ireland or Belgium (just as some examples) support the Argentine claim? They are totally indifferent to the “Malvinas cause”. Most people just remember or have heard about some absurd war in back the eighties when the Junta in Argentina invaded some small British islands and was kicked out after some time. They do not even know that Argentina still insists that the Falklands should be theirs. The only exception among European countries could possibly be Spain. It shares language and part of its history with Argentina and has itself a claim on British territory. I certainly think that most European countries would support Britain in this case. For ideological reasons (the principle of of Self Determination of the Falkland Islanders) or simply commercial reasons (the U.K. is a much more important trading partner than Argentina).

    May 24th, 2020 - 12:55 pm +7
  • Pugol-H

    As usual, you are still living in another time.

    May 24th, 2020 - 01:40 pm +6
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