Argentine President Calls On Cameron to Hand Back Falklands

Thursday, 03 Jan 2013 04:31 AM


  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to hand over the Falkland Islands, 31 years after the two countries went to war over the South Atlantic archipelago.

In an open letter to Cameron published Thursday in British and U.S. newspapers, Fernandez said he should abide by a 1960 United Nations resolution urging member states to “end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations.”

Britain should begin negotiations over the sovereignty of the islands, which were “forcibly stripped” from Argentina exactly 180 years ago, on Jan. 3, 1833, she told the prime minister.

“The question of the Malvinas is also a cause embraced by Latin America and by a vast majority of peoples and governments around the world that reject colonialism,” Fernandez wrote. The Falklands are situated 14,000 kilometers (8,700 miles) away from London, she wrote.

The two countries went to war in 1982 after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. Tensions heightened last year, with Argentina protesting Britain’s deployment of a modern warship to the region.

The Falkland islanders will hold a referendum this year on their allegiance to Britain, in an effort to show Argentina they’re happy with the status quo.

Fernandez’s letter follows Britain’s decision last month to name a territory in the Antarctic after Queen Elizabeth II, as part of celebrations over her 60 years on the throne. Argentina, which lays claim to the land, said the decision was a provocative act.

“The people of the Falklands are British and have chosen to be so,” the British Foreign Office said in an emailed statement Thursday. “There are three parties to this debate, not just two as Argentina likes to pretend. The islanders can’t just be written out of history.”

The islands provided the spark for a confrontation between Cameron and Fernandez at a meeting of Group of 20 leaders in June.

Cameron approached Fernandez at the talks in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos, telling her that she should “respect the views” of the islanders, according to Alfredo Scoccimarro, a spokesman for Fernandez.

She responded by trying to hand him an envelope stuffed with U.N. resolutions on the islands, Scoccimarro said.

© Copyright 2014 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

FBI Blames NKorea For Sony Hacking: 'Act of Intimidation'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 11:18 AM

The cyber-terrorists behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment sent a message to studio execs late Thursday givin . . .

Iraq Kurds Press Fightback as Top Jihadist Reported Killed

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 11:16 AM

Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far Friday, buoyed by U.S. reports tha . . .

Pakistan's Revenge: 77 Militants Killed After School Massacre

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 07:34 AM

Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan borde . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved