December 20, 2013
UK Malvinas meeting not ruled out
Disagreements over the aim of the Argentine delegation’s visit to the UK this week continued yesterday, as Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman repeated calls for a meeting with his counterpart Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Timerman stated yesterday that the “British colonial presence in Malvinas is an imposition that the world does not accept,” and also reiterated his willingness to meet with Hague, in a “bilateral” meeting without the presence of Mal-vinas government representatives.
The minister is scheduled to arrive today in London. The visit will take place just a month before a scheduled referendum, to be held on the Malvinas Islands with the aim of allowing the islanders to vote for whether they want to remain British — a vote supported by the UK government and slammed by Argentina.
Timerman’s trip will include a meeting with an Argentine-United Kingdom multi-party parliamentary group and the 18 pro-dialogue groups from across the European Union.
The former meeting will consist of a historical presentation and a dissertation on the Argentine rights and the non-applicability of the self-determination principle, while the latter will be a forum for dialogue with politicians, academics, writers and journalists from countries including France, Spain, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom in favour of the Argentine position.
Timerman, who is accompanied by Senator Daniel Flimus and Deputy Guillermo Carmona, upheld that dialogue over Malvinas could only be with the United Kingdom and without “conditions or ultimatum,” referring to Hague’s invitation to dialogue, which placed a deadline for a response and stated that the presence of Malvinas representatives was not optional.
“I will leave him a note for us to meet,” Timerman revealed, also claiming that “the initiative was ours, and they tried to place conditions.”
In an interview published yesterday by local daily Página/12, Timerman said that the British government’s refusal to participate in such a meeting was demonstrative of an attitude of “weakness” and “internal crisis.”
“There is not a single country in the world that accepts English sovereignty over Malvinas,” he added in the interview, stating that the British administration on the Malvinas was “an illegal government”.
“The United Nations have been clear: this is a colony with inhabitants implanted by a colonial power,” and “for that reason, the UN has rejected any suggestion of self-determination,” said Timerman.
The minister also described the imminent self-determination referendum, to be held on March 10-11, as “not valid.”
Timerman proceeded to divulge details of the visit, which will also consist of official meetings with MPs, with the “intention of explaining in London that the UN resolutions must be fulfilled,” and establishing whether the UK “has nuclear arms in Malvinas.”
“Due to an investigation carried out by The Guardian, we found out that they took nuclear material (during the 1982 Malvinas War) but that they dropped it at sea,” despite “their repeated denial,” he concluded.
Herald with DyN, Telam