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UK representative challenges OAS Assembly to recognize Falklands right to self determination

Saturday, October 8th 2022 - 10:47 UTC
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OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said the final resolution on Malvinas reaffirms “what the organization has historically expressed” OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said the final resolution on Malvinas reaffirms “what the organization has historically expressed”

The United Kingdom called on the Organization of American States (OAS) on Friday to “recognize the right to self-determination” of the Falklands/Malvinas islanders who had decided to remain citizens of a British Overseas Territories and members of the British Family, despite Argentina’s sovereignty claims.

UK representative, Michael Tatham, made the presentation during OAS' LII General Assembly, which was held in the Peruvian capital of Lima, and ended on Friday..

He added that they wanted to work “constructively” with Argentina, but this country “must accept that there can be no dialogue on sovereignty unless the people of the Falkland Islands decide they want to.”

The representative of the United Kingdom, who participated in the Assembly of the Organization of American States as an observer state, said that UK and the Falklands “continue to seek a constructive and positive relationship with Argentina”, although he emphasized that in 2013, “the people of the Falklands requested and overwhelmingly voted“ to remain in close association with Britain.

Tatham also stated that the referendum was a “free and fair” process and ”we are talking about the democratic right to self determination of the community that lives on the Islands,” even before Argentina existed as a country.

He noted that addressing Argentine sovereignty claims over the Islands “means that two countries will have to negotiate without the knowledge of the population,” and stressed that “the United Kingdom will not do that.”

Before saying that their self-determination “allows the Islands to determine its economic, political and social development,” he added, “They (Falklands) deserve the same democratic rights we expect for ourselves.”

In response, Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Pablo Tettamanti asserted that the British representative had “repeated the known positions and policies only accepted by United Kingdom, against the call of the international community,” and acknowledged that although it was “correct” that both countries were “working on different issues” they could not advance since they have a “sovereignty dispute” over the South Atlantic archipelago.

Tettamanti stressed that “the United Kingdom continues to insist on ignoring the problem,” before adding that “those who inhabit the Islands are an implanted population, mainly British, occupying territory of a sovereign state which Argentina has been claiming since Spanish colonial times.”

Nevertheless the Argentine ambassador said, “We reiterate once again our full desire to negotiate and talk about this issue and to try to find a peaceful solution.”

However finally the OAS General Assembly approved by acclamation a resolution defending Argentina’s “legitimate rights” over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands and supporting a call for a “peaceful and negotiated” solution to the dispute over the archipelago.

Brazil submitted a draft “Declaration on the Question of the Malvinas Islands”, which highlights that this Question is a “subject of lasting interest to the hemisphere” and notes that the UK as an observer at OAS, holds and “reflects the principles and common values shared” with countries of the Americas.

Ambassador Octavio Brandelli also pointed out his satisfaction with the willingness of the Argentine government “to find a peaceful solution to this prolonged controversy”

Peru which hosted the OAS event emphasized its support for the Argentine cause, and indicated it has been a historic policy of the country, underlining that former president Fernando Belaúnde (1980/1985) was instrumental in raising the name of Peru, Argentina and the region overall, for having openly supported diplomatically and militarily Argentina during the 1982 conflict with Britain“.

”All the heads of state and governments of Peru, including the current one, have followed a similar policy line, and this is not going to vary in the future, that is why we support unreservedly this project“, said the Peruvian ambassador Harold Forsyth.

After reading the terms of the resolution, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, confirmed that the resolution reaffirms “what the organization has historically expressed.”

Almagro pointed out to Argentina’s “inalienable territorial rights” over the Malvinas Islands, which is “in keeping with the position of this region” and asserted that the British presence on the Islands implied “a colonial remnant” that was “illegitimate”.

OAS Secretary General concluded: “The Secretariat particularly appreciates the solidarity of the Western Hemisphere with this claim”

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  • Monkeymagic

    In response, Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Pablo Tettamanti asserted that the British representative had “repeated the known positions and policies only accepted by United Kingdom, against the call of the international community,”

    A blatant lie. The UNGA supports the UK position. It is Argentina that only has the support on Latam corrupt states, and juntas from around the world.

    Last time the UNGA voted, the rights of NSGTs to self determination was undeniable.

    Oct 08th, 2022 - 03:10 pm +1
  • Monkeymagic

    A constructive and positive relationship with the Mapuche? What a load of bullshit. If Argentina were seeking “a constructive and positive relationship with the Mapuche” it would be honouring and respecting the people, and addressing the dispute for what it is, a denouncement of the Conquest of the Desert and the murder of 1000 natives. Argentina are such shameless liars. They are using the territorial integrity as a political shield to lock the matter around sovereignty.

    Argentina are exploiting the dominance of the Spanish language in the region to cram down the ears of the world. What a surprise! Manipulating pieces of shit!.

    Chuckle!

    Oct 08th, 2022 - 11:27 am 0
  • Terence Hill

    Tettamanti stressed that “the United Kingdom continues to insist on ignoring the problem”

    The only problem is the self-evidence of Argentine lying.

    CHARTER OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
    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. ...
    Chapter IV FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF STATES

    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. The exercise of these rights is limited only by the exercise of the rights of other States in accordance with international law.

    Article 19
    No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. The foregoing principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the State or against its political, economic, and cultural elements.

    Oct 08th, 2022 - 11:33 am 0
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