May 19, 2013
Britain’s Governor in Malvinas accuses Argentina of 'making stuff up'
Britain’s Governor in Malvinas Nigel Haywood accused Argentina of “making stuff up” in its relentless verbal assault on the UK and the Islands.
With a referendum on whether the Islanders want to remain British just seven days away, he vowed to keep “pushing back” against the “extraordinary” sabre-rattling, UK’s sensationalist tabloid The Sun published.
Speaking to British newspaper, Haywood pledged the UK would stand by the Malvinas for as long they wished to remain an overseas territory.
After months of claims from President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her cabinet, he blasted: “Argentina just makes stuff up like, it’s a disputed territory and the UN has already said that the Islanders don’t have a right to decide. Where? They haven’t said that all.”
“It’s extraordinary. You have to admire the sort of chutzpah by which they make stuff up.
This business of saying Britain’s got submarines with nuclear weapons in the South Atlantic. It’s making it up.”
Aiming his words directly at Buenos Aires, Haywood went on: “Britain admitted having nuclear weapons in the South Atlantic in 1982.
“That’s because you invaded and the ships had nuclear weapons on when the task force moved down. They got rid of them as quick as possible but if you hadn’t invaded, the issue wouldn’t have arisen. They make these things up, and we have to push back.”
The diplomat admitted Britain had been reluctant to challenge Argentina’s claims but said Islanders “felt a lot better” when the UK kicked back.