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CFK decries double standards within UN Security Council regarding Ukraine and Falklands/Malvinas

Monday, February 28th 2022 - 20:55 UTC
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Under her presidency, Argentina supported Ukraine against Russia’s annexation of Crimea Under her presidency, Argentina supported Ukraine against Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK) Sunday said Western powers had double standards when addressing the Ukraine crisis. The former head of state (2007-2015) recalled that in 2014 -under her presidency-, Argentina supported Kyiv against Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula by force.

She explained her government reached that decision based on the “principle of territorial integrity,” which is “a pillar of international law.”

But when it came down to the Falklands/Malvinas question, the Western powers accepted the 2013 referendum whereby the Islanders almost unanimously agreed to remain a British Overseas Territory. CFK was also critical of the unequal status of countries within the United Nations Security Council, where some countries have permanent seats plus veto powers, while others just play temporary roles.

“Does anyone think that with these privileges and applying or not applying international law as it suits the powerful countries of the world, we are taking care of global security and world peace?” CFK wondered.

CFK also published screenshots of her 2014 postings in which she described her stance regarding the border dispute between Russia and Ukraine. “Respect for international law together with the truth and coherence between ideas and actions do not seem to be attributes of global powers,” she said. “I still think the same,” CFK stressed.

The former head of state recalled that back in 2014 Argentina held a temporary seat on the UN Security Council. On March 15 of that year, the United States submitted a draft urging world governments not to recognize the result of the referendum for the independence of Crimea scheduled for March 16. The draft was Ok’d by 13 of the 15 member countries of the Security Council, Argentina among them.

“In other words: Argentina supported Ukraine based on the principle of territorial integrity, a pillar of international law. Russia, one of the five permanent members with the right to veto, exercised this privilege and spoke against it. China abstained,” CFK explained.

Later in her statement, CFK underlined the double standard of world powers “in terms of international law when making decisions” and recalled “Malvinas and the Kelpers referendum.”

The Argentine VP also highlighted “the anachronism of the UN Security Council that continues, since the 2nd World War, without changing the status quo of the victorious countries that granted themselves permanent seats with the right to veto and the rest of the countries, temporary chairs and a testimonial vote.”

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  • Monkeymagic

    pgerman

    You are not very bright are you? Or perhaps you do know the difference?

    The top three are a clear discussion between territorial integrity and the right to self determination, they are a conflict between the two. The areas were/are part of one country and the people who live there may or may not want that to change. This is true in Scotland, Catalonia, Hawaii and many other places in the world. It is up to the country for which they are currently a part to manage.

    Chagos was poorly managed, but difficult to see what the alternative was. There was no freshwater on Diego Garcia, all the businesses were closing and the small number of inhabitants who were exported to Mauritius accepted relocation payments. Very few actually want to return most just want more money.

    The Falkland Islands are none of these. There is no territorial integrity question, they are not part of Argentina and never have been, they are no more part of Argentina than any island group 300 miles of the coast of any country (Cuba is not part of the US, New Zealand is not part of Australia)

    The Falkland Island referendum was to show they have self determination to keep their current British Overseas Territory status.

    Mar 01st, 2022 - 07:54 am +5
  • Monkeymagic

    Of course “rest your case”. You are a Malvinista fetishist

    I proved you lied about 3700mm of rainfall
    I proved you lied that it was stable throughout the year
    I proved you then deflected with a climate change argument
    I proved that collecting rainfall alone was completely impractical and almost certain to result in death

    and you “rest your case”

    Likewise

    We prove Argentina did not inherit from Spain
    We prove Vernet ran a small business and voluntarily left the islands
    We prove that the Sarandi crew mutinied, raped and murdered and left after 6 weeks

    and you again “rest your case”

    The problem is Thick, that in both instances your case is pathetic, full of lies, diversions, irrelevancies and incompetence......

    SO rest what you like, spend years trolling on a internet site virtually nobody reads, safe in the knowledge that everybody knows you have been owned!!

    Chuckle chuckle

    Mar 03rd, 2022 - 04:42 pm +2
  • Jo Bloggs

    That’s either a very bad translation or CFK hasn’t made any sense. What on earth is she talking about? LOL.

    At least she got the piece about the Falklands referendum correct. The West accepted it.

    Speaking of the West, how does Argentina categorize itself this week? Probably depends on whether Russia defeats Ukraine or if ‘the West’ prevails.

    Chuckle chuckle.

    Feb 28th, 2022 - 08:44 pm +1
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