May 21, 2013
Gov't slams UK again over 'increased militarization of South Atlantic'
On the Day of the Affirmation of the Argentine Rights Over the Malvinas, Islands and Antarctic Sector, the National Government once again ratified its claim over the islands’ sovereignty and questioned the UK over the “illegal exploitation of their natural resources” and the “increased militarization of the South Atlantic region.”
In a press released, the Foreign Ministry assured that “the Argentine sovereignty on the Malvinas Islands and their dependencies was interrupted by a belligerent act carried out by British forces on January 3rd, 1833.”
On that day “local authorities and the Argentine population were expelled from the islands, while being replaced by British subjects.”
“Today, the Argentine Government and population calmly and firmly insist on the inalienable right they have on this matter,” it adds.
“Despite Argentina’s permanent will to negotiate, the United Kingdom continues to ignore the international community’s calls” to engage in dialogue, the press release adds.
“Not only they maintain a colonial situation, but they insist on an endless amount of illegal acts through the illicit exploitation of Argentine renewable and non renewable natural resources, as it consolidates an increasing militarization in the South Atlantic that is offensive to the entire region,” it concludes.