On Tuesday the Falklands government in an official release reiterated the need for human rights and democratic liberties of the Falklands' nation to be respected, particularly self-determination.
A right of all nations which was confirmed by an overwhelming support from the Falklands' people in the 2013 referendum, when they decided to remain as a British Overseas Territory and retain close links with the UK. So let the Falklands' people get on with their lives and develop the country, as successfully as they have done in the last forty years since Liberation.
Follows the release:
In light of recent efforts to ramp up international lobbying on the topic of the Falkland Islands sovereignty, elected representatives of the Falkland Islands Government wish to reiterate the need for both human and democratic liberties to be respected, particularly in terms of the undeniable right of a nation to self-determination.
Chair of the Legislative Assembly, MLA Teslyn Barkman, said: “We had already anticipated that we would see increasing rhetoric about Falkland Islands sovereignty in 2022 – given that it is the 40th anniversary of our liberation. However, while we are using this opportunity to show the world what we have done with our hard-won freedom and the achievements we have made since 1982, unfortunately there continue to be others who want to enforce their erroneous views on our self-determination, and who, in the interests of expanding or enhancing their economic power, choose to ignore the fundamental rights of Falkland Islanders. People who have never been here, have no first-hand knowledge of our home, our people, or – so it would appear – our true history.
“Therefore, we once again would like to make it absolutely clear that our relationship with the UK is by choice. It is a reciprocal partnership that we value highly – as demonstrated by our 2013 referendum, where 99.8% of voters chose to remain a British Overseas Territory – and we were pleased and heartened at the amount of support we have received in the media and online in the past week, from both UK government officials and members of the British public. Such sentiments are very much appreciated, particularly at this time, and lend further strength to our prevailing message of being left in peace to live our lives and develop our country as we see fit on behalf of current and future generations.”
#Falkland #Islands #Government reiterates the need to respect human rights pic.twitter.com/lB0Ohw1Pfr— Falkland Islands Gov (@FalklandsGov) February 15, 2022
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How much has Argentina spent over the years trying to take over the F.I.? Probably more than the U.K. has spent defending them. And the result? Zero. They will probably go on for many years to come. Argie taxpayers' money could be better used.Feb 16th, 2022 - 11:03 pm +4
All the peoples of ALL the NSGTs have the right of self-determination. No exceptions.Feb 16th, 2022 - 11:28 pm +3
Perhaps that archipelago should be listed as a NSGT? Would guarantee the Chagossians the right of self-determination. All of them. Not just the ones that live 3rd class lives in Mauritius.
Poor Thunk, cannot understand the difference between territorial integrity and the right to self determination.Feb 23rd, 2022 - 10:00 am +3
He is unable to comprehend that the Falklands do not, have not and never will be part of Argentinas territorial integrity as they are not part of Argentina.
They are not part of Argentina through inheritance from Spain (no such thing exists), nor through the will of the people who live there, nor through conquest (like Patagonia), nor through some fairy story around Luis Vernet or Esteban Mestevier.
So there is no territorial integrity question.
For the Ukraine of course there is a territorial integrity question. However, the answer should be made peacefully. If significant regions of your country (e.g. Scotland, Crimea, Catalonia) wish to leave and either join another country or be independent, what is the mechanism by which they do this?
This clearly has to be managed, they can't vote on a weekly basis (as the SNP wish in Scotland) and they cannot be denied a vote (as Catalonia), and we cannot have a situation where a belligerent neighbour floods a region with its own people to tip the demographic.
Also the size of the territory has to be significant and geographically determinable, not tiny enclaves or villages. Islands and peninsulas are ideal!
No solution should be the handover of territory from the status quo against the will of the people who live there.
My question to Ukraine is why do you want to have territories where the majority do not want to be part of your country?
Nothing happening in Ukraine strengthens Argentinas case for the Falklands which is a pathetic Peronist propaganda machine which Thunk is part of.