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Argentina rejects Falklands’ “illegitimate stand” in Montevideo; British authorities responded

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Falklands' delegation at Expo Prado focuses on deepening the commercial and cultural relationship with Uruguay. Photo: MercoPress Falklands' delegation at Expo Prado focuses on deepening the commercial and cultural relationship with Uruguay. Photo: MercoPress

Argentina rejected on Saturday the presence of a stand of the “illegitimate government” of the Falkland Islands, for which it maintains a sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom, at the agro-industrial fair Expo Prado, held in Montevideo, according to a statement released by the Argentine Foreign Ministry.

Due to the presence of a “desk” from the Falkland Islands as part of the UK pabillion at the International Livestock Exhibition, the Argentine government “rejected the efforts” of the authorities of the Government of Uruguay and the Rural Association of that country, the statement said.

The UK ambassador to Uruguay, Faye O'Connor, told her Argentine counterpart, Alberto Iribarne, about the islanders' new participation in Expo Prado as a way of “courtesy”, given the situation, embassy sources told MercoPress.

“The ambassador maintains a friendly and professional relationship with her Argentine counterpart and they work together on issues on which they agree, as well as on others on which they disagree. They always treat each other with respect, as happens between both governments”, sources from the British diplomatic office indicated MercoPress.

Argentina's reproaches towards Uruguay for the “Expo Prado” fair transcend the political signs of the governments. Since 2015, Argentina's Government has questioned on several occasions the placement of the commercial stand and claimed to the authorities of the fair that this situation should not be repeated in future editions, a claim that finally failed.

The 117th edition of Expo Prado, where technological innovations in the agro-industrial and livestock sectors are exhibited every year, is taking place in Montevideo until September 18.

The Argentine government contacted the Uruguayan authorities to “discourage the participation” of the Government of the Malvinas Islands and “that no official contacts are made with alleged authorities not recognized” by Argentina, the statement said.

On the other hand, the British embassy told MercoPress that Argentina's complaint to the Uruguayan authorities “would not be appropriate since these are not government authorities but representatives of the Chamber of Tourism, which is independent of the government, and of technicians and people privately linked to the tourism and agricultural sectors”.

Argentina “regrets the repeated presence of an island desk at the Expo Prado fair” which serves “the British-Islander purpose of promoting the positioning of the Malvinas Islands internationally as if they were a distinct entity” from the South American country, the statement said.

It added that it also serves to pass off as “normal” the “illegitimate occupation in the South Atlantic”, which has been protested by all Argentine governments since 1833.

In 1982, Argentina and the United Kingdom clashed in a war over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands which ended with the Argentine surrender and a death toll of 649 Argentines, 255 British and 3 islanders.

Activities carried out by kelpers visiting Uruguay

According to a press release issued by the UK representation in Uruguay, the “Falkland Islands are present with a stand at Expo Prado, focused on deepening the commercial and cultural relationship with Uruguay, and publicizing its tourism options, its agricultural sector and its environmental sustainability plans: a key pillar for life in the Islands”.

The letter states that activities will be offered at the site to help in the conservation of the sub-Antarctic climate islands, to carry out trivia games and to participate in raffles. On the other hand, the marketing officer of the Falkland Islands, Rachael Crowie, present in the government delegation visiting our country, told MercoPress that a talk is scheduled for next Thursday, September 15, in which Uruguayans and Kelpers will participate telling their business and travel experiences in the South Atlantic archipelago.

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  • Swede

    As far as I know Expo Prado is a private enterprise situated outside of Argentine jurisdiction. What do the “Argies” think they can do about it?

    Sep 12th, 2022 - 12:58 pm +8
  • Terence Hill

    “Argentina rejected on Saturday the presence of a stand of the … government of the Falkland Islands.

    While the Islanders and Uruguay comply with the UN Charter

    “Charter UN
    2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples,
    55. With a view to the creation ..and self-determination of peoples,
    56. All Members pledge themselves ...for the achievement of the purposes set forth in Article 55.”
    Regarding the right of self-determination and the Falkland Islands here it is in simple terms: in 1946 the UN agreed to place the Falkland Islands on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. The UN states that the inhabitants of all Non-Self-Governing Territories have a right to self-determination. The Falklands are on the list, so they enjoy the right to self-determination. Which was dutifully exercised through their 2013 Referendum.

    While Argentina remains in breach of the UN Charter and OAS

    Part One Chapter II PRINCIPLES Article 3
    The American States reaffirm the following principles:
    e) ..and has the duty to abstain from intervening in the affairs of another State. ...
    Article 11
    Every American State has the duty to respect the rights enjoyed by every other State in accordance with
    international law.
    Article 12
    The fundamental rights of States may not be impaired in any manner whatsoever.
    Article 13
    The political existence of the State is independent of recognition by other States. Even before being recognized, the State has the right to defend its integrity and independence, to provide for its preservation and prosperity, and consequently to organize itself as it sees fit, to legislate concerning its interests, to administer its services, and to determine the jurisdiction and competence of its courts.

    Sep 12th, 2022 - 10:11 am +7
  • Mike Summers they have done every year, with no success, other than to perhaps boost awareness of our attendance. Yaaaayyyy, go Argies !!

    Sep 12th, 2022 - 11:03 am +5
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