December 10, 2013
'There's no third party involved in Malvinas negotiation,' Alicia Castro
Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, insisted today that “there is no third party in the negotiation for the Malvinas Islands sovereignty”, and accused the British government of “mounting a media operation aimed to show Argentina as the ones that refuse to dialogue.”
Thus, Castro denied the inclusion of the British Islanders as part of the discussion over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands. A debate that also includes Argentina’s sovereignty claims over the South Georgia, and Sandwich islands.
“The dispute is between Argentina and the United Kingdom, and that’s how both the international community and the United Nations recognize the matter. There’s no third party involved.
Likewise, Castro accused UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague of “trying to distort the meaning and the political objectives of what had to be a two-party meeting. Sadly, it’s the UK who refuses to change its clear position which is of not showing any will toward resolving the controversy.”
The rounds of diplomatic meetings were suspended after the British government tried to include the islanders into the negotiation-table.
Argentina has made clear that negotiations can only be held between States, thus leaving aside the islanders, who are not native inhabitants but were settled by the British Crown in the 19th century to populate the South Atlantic Archipelago.
To end, Castro remarked that “what Hague is doing is not acceptable at all. He pretends to force Minister Héctor Timerman to discuss the islands sovereignty with officials of the archipelago occupied by the UK.”