December 9, 2013
CELAC leaders support Argentine claims
The 6th CELAC summit of Latin American and Caribbean states ended yesterday in Santiago, Chile, with the approval of various statements proposed by member states, including support for Argentina’s sovereignty claims over the Malvinas Islands.
The special statement released by the group presents the CELAC leaders’ “firmest support for Argentina’s legitimate sovereign rights over the Malvinas Islands” and announced fresh attempts to encourage United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to promote the resumption of negotiations with the United Kingdom. The issue was also mentioned in the final summit statement.
During the assembly yesterday, Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zuaín, representing President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, stated that the UK sought to “control the South Atlantic” and “access to the Antarctic” from the Malvinas Islands.
In his speech to the leaders of the CELAC member states, the deputy minister said: “Malvinas is one of the most militarized territories in the world” and stated that this situation was entirely unrelated to British aims to protect the islands’ inhabitants.
In this context, Zuaín thanked all the displays of support by CELAC member states, including the letter signed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. (See Page 6).
“We desire a Latin America free of nuclear weapons and colonialism, which is why once more we express our gratitude for support over the Malvinas issue,” said the deputy minister.
“In the Argentine Constitution, it is written that we want a peaceful solution and negotiation to resolve diplomatic disputes,” added Zuaín, stating that the continued presence of “one soldier for every three inhabitants” of the Malvinas Islands is related to the British desire to “guarantee the exploitation of hydrocarbons, access to the Antarctic, control of the South Atlantic” and the indiscriminate granting of fishing permits.
Herald with Telam, Ambito.com