Argentina has its eyes set on the South Atlantic, and that includes undoubtedly the full recovery of our sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands and the adjoining maritime spaces, said Daniel Filmus head of Argentina's Office on issues relative to the Malvinas Islands.
During an anti-nuclear weapon conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentine President Cristina Fernández criticised the right to veto used by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council which she described as an “out of time” instrument and again attacked the UK for ‘sending nuclear submarines’ to the Falkland Islands and called for a region of peace in the South Atlantic.
Defence Minister Arturo Puricelli once again claimed Argentine sovereignty over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands at the Unasur headquarters in Ecuador and warned that “the usurpation of the Islands affects all of the South American nations” plus insisting on the military/civilian ration in the Islands.
Thirty years after the Falklands/Malvinas war, Latin America seems to be closing ranks behind Argentina's sovereignty claim over the disputed islands and reviving a bid for control in the resource-rich South Atlantic.
Argentina and Brazil defence ministers confirmed the two countries “strategic alliance” and subscribed a bilateral cooperation declaration emphasizing on the South Atlantic as “a Peace Zone, free of nuclear weapons”.
The Union of South American Nations, Unasur, defence ministers sponsored in Peru a declaration confirming the region as a “peace zone” and agreed to continue advancing in developing a “common methodology” to compare defence expenditure among member countries.