May 21, 2013
Pérez Esquivel rejects Malvinas Referendum
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adoldfo Pérez Esquivel has addressed a letter to UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron rejecting the referendum that the British administration of Malvinas Islands will hold on March 10-11.
“You do know that this referendum has no legitimacy. Not only because it is an implanted British population following the expulsion of Argentine authorities in the 19th century but also because the United Nations have not decided the fulfillment of the referendum. There is a reason why the British government has not called the UN”, Pérez Esquivel pointed out.
The 1980 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize also questioned UK’s military presence in the disputed territories.
“As for today, one out of three inhabitants (of the Islands) is a British military and only 1500 residents who have British citizenship will vote”, Pérez Equivel said and accused Cameron’s coalition government of “trying to justify the military base installed in the Islands, violating resolutions, demilitarization and nuclear non-proliferation treaties in the South Atlantic, putting at risk the British citizens in the Islands and the Continent”.
“(The Islands) will continue to be a British colony and the settlers will continue to be British. Argentina is a democratic country that seeks to resolve conflicts through national and international law”, Pérez Esquivel affirmed considering that the results of the referendum will not change “at all” the legal and historic situation of Malvinas Islands.