May 18, 2013
British MP calls for Malvinas shared-sovereignty
Britain’s MP George Galloway stated his country should share the Malvinas Islands, and lamented London’s decision of putting forward the ongoing referendum in which islanders are asked whether they want to stay a British Overseas Territory.
Galloway, a former Labour MP and currently independent MP for Bradford West, remembered that “The United Nations have told Britain to open the dialogue”, and added, “But Great Britain keeps echoing its imperial past and refuses to dialogue.”
“This attitude is unacceptable and risks our interests in Latin America, which is one of the fewest regions in the planet with a great economic future”, the official told reporters.
“We are hurting not only our interests but our reputation in Latin America as we insist on keeping hands on this appendix of the British colonialism.”
Furthermore, Galloway considered that the natural reserves recently found in the Malvinas basin “have only fueled the dispute between both nations.”
“I have already expressed my willing to the British parliament, and it is to set, as soon as possible, a shared-sovereignty agreement with Argentina as one day we’ll have to accept that the full sovereignty of the islands will fall into Argentine hands.”
Last year, Galloway had released a video in which not only he suggested sharing the South Atlantic archipelago, but also affirmed that should the UK’s government send him to Buenos Aires, he would agree terms and conditions for a shared-sovereignty plan with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner within an afternoon.
“Argentina holds all the cards” and Britain could face trading problems if it refused to look at some kind of deal.
Galloway also said previous Labour and Conservative governments had discussed sharing the islands ahead of the 1982 conflict, as he called for talks to improve UK relations with South America.
The charismatic MP, who’s constant claims include for an immediate British troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and a fightback against the job crisis, was initially Labour MP for Glasgow Hillhead and later for Glasgow Kelvin before his expulsion from the party in October 2003 for urging British soldiers not to fight in Iraq.
He subsequently became a founding member of Respect, and he became the MP for Bethnal Green in 2005.
In the 2010 election, Galloway abandoned Bow to try to win Poplar, but found himself unable to recreate his 2005 success in the neighboring east London constituency.