“The Malvinas question unites all Argentines”, according to ex-foreign minister and currently Senator Jorge Taiana, who is also chair of the foreign affairs committee in the Argentine Senate.
The Argentine congress has discussed and approved two bills considered critical for the country, the creation of an Advisory Council on Affairs relative to the Falkland Islands and a second establishing the new border lines of the country's continental seabed.
It is most important that the Senate has approved the two initiatives with the support of all political parties and groupings, since the Malvinas question is a national cause, indicated Senator Taiana.
The main objective is that the Malvinas issue unites all Argentines under the same sovereignty claim.
On the creation of a National Advisory Council of Issues Relative to the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and adjoining maritime and insular spaces, Taina said the aim is to generate an environment to consider and advise which brings together the voices of the different actors and testimonies from the Argentine society to elaborate State policies
More specifically on the continental shelf outer border Taiana said the area between the current 200 miles and the outer limit is of approximately 1,7 million square kilometers equivalent to 48% of the Argentine onshore territory, to which must be added the 4,8 million square kilometers in the area between the coast base line and the 200 miles
It is a zone with great reserves of hydrocarbons and minerals which belong to Argentina on its own right, added the Senator.
Finally, we must think of Argentina as a country with projection towards the South Atlantic. In the sea, in the South Atlantic, in the Islands and in the Antarctic sector there is an enormous wealth, and that is why whatever we do in research and development is essential for the present and future of our country”, concluded former foreign minister Taiana.