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Declaration of Santo Domingo supports Argentina's claim over South Atlantic islands

Monday, March 27th 2023 - 10:28 UTC
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For Allamand, the Ibero-American Summit showed “a unity that does not crack in the face of differences” For Allamand, the Ibero-American Summit showed “a unity that does not crack in the face of differences”

The XXVIII Ibero American Summit -the first to be held on-site after the Covid-19 pandemic- concluded Saturday with the so-called “Declaration of Santo Domingo” whereby the group reportedly supported Argentina's claim to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands together with other issues such as gender equality, energy transition, and the promotion of Spanish / Portuguese bilingualism.

The document also featured collective appeals to the development of landlocked countries, the recovery of tourism, the traditional use of coca leaf chewing promoted by Bolivia, the sustainability of the oceans, and the further development of ties between Ibero-America and the European Union (EU).

On the event's closing day, it was also announced that the next gathering will take place on Nov. 29, 2024, in Quito, after Ecuador took over the pro-tempore presidency of the group. Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said that his country would focus on promoting alternative economies, food security, and efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and ensure more effective protection of the environment.

Lasso also spoke of the fight against transnational crime, joint work on migration issues, and the multidimensional crisis Haiti is going through.

The Declaration also addressed issues such as food security, digital transformation, and financial architecture. The Ibero-American cooperation action plan for 2023-2026 was also approved.

Dominican President Luis Abinader explained that the Ibero-American Charter of Principles and Rights in Digital Environments, the Ibero-American Environmental Charter, and the Critical Route to achieve inclusive and sustainable food security in Ibero-America were also approved.

Ibero-American Secretary General Andrés Allamand of Chile underscored the importance of the commitment of all nations to double down their efforts to help Haiti overcome its current crisis and stressed that the Declaration of Santo Domingo laid the foundations for strengthening the community made up of the twenty-two countries of the region.

In Allamand's view, the Declaration “implies maintaining Ibero-America as a privileged space for dialogue, political articulation, consensus, and cooperation.”

Allamand stressed that the document reinforces “three fundamental pillars”, among them the generation of rights, the creation of opportunities, and the incorporation of new actors. Under these principles, the Declaration of Santo Domingo approved the four instruments on which this summit was built.

In line with the incorporation of new actors, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) was admitted as a consultative observer to the Ibero-American Conference.

With this, the bloc of twenty-two countries reinforces a group of eighteen high-level international and multilateral organizations and twelve “associate observer” countries from all continents that were already observers of the Ibero-American bloc.

For Allamand, these agreements demonstrate “a unity that does not crack in the face of differences”.

The Quadrennial Action Plan for Ibero-American Cooperation (PACCI) 2023-2026 is focused on strengthening regional cooperation action with new areas to accelerate compliance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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  • Pugol-H

    The ‘Declaration of Santo Domingo’ does not mention Las Malvinas, at all.

    It’s in a separate ‘Special Communiqué’ issued.

    Whoever wrote this, cannot get even the basic facts straight.

    Mar 27th, 2023 - 01:28 pm +4
  • Terence Hill

    ““Declaration of Santo Domingo” whereby the group reportedly supported Argentina's claim to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands”.

    Rosalyn Higgins President of ICJ pointed out: “No tribunal could tell her [Argentina] that she has to accept British title because she has acquiesced to it But what the protests do not do is to defeat the British title, which was built up in other ways through Argentina’s acquiescence.”

    And by the highest US legal examination.

    “6. Comparison sf the Competing Claims of Argentina and GB
    Regardless of the conclusion reached above, however, the establishment of the world courts changed the situation so that diplomatic protests were no longer sufficient to keep Argentina's claim to sovereignty alive.”
    The Falklands (Malvinas) Islands: An International Law Analysis of the Dispute Between Argentina and Great Britain Major James Francis Gravelle
    Pamphlet NO. 27-100-107 HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY; Washington, D.C., Winter 1985

    “There is no obligation in general international law to settle disputes”.
    Principles of Public International Law, third edition, 1979 by Ian Brownlie

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

    Mar 27th, 2023 - 11:15 am +2
  • MarkWhelan

    I hear that there was another poll done in a Buenos Aires Pub.
    Asking if Argentina had any lawful claim to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands
    The results were.
    Where the hell are they? 65%
    Who actually cares 30%
    Not really 4.8%
    Yes They always were ours 0.2%

    A few drunks were passed out on the floor but were known President Alberto Fernández supporters. These are the ones counted as the Yes vote.

    Mar 27th, 2023 - 01:12 pm +2
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