CFK: 'UK uses Malvinas to hide Europe’s disaster'
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner presided over the government’s ceremony in Puerto Madryn, Chubut to commemorate Malvinas War Heroes on the 31st anniversary of the armed conflict that Argentina and the UK fought over the sovereignty of the Islands in 1982.
“This April 2nd is a tribute from the Argentinean people to more than 7,000 veterans who returned to the city of Puerto Madryn from the Islands and were received” by the people in the Southern town, Fernández de Kirchner explained at the beginning of her nationwide broadcast speech.
After calling the British government to abide by UN resolutions that urge both parties to sit at the negotiating table, Argentina’s head of state affirmed Malvinas’ question “should not be used to hide Europe’s disaster, caused by adjustment policies.”
Rejecting the rhetoric of war, CFK said that the South American country “has no enemies.” “The only enemies Argentina has are poverty and inequality,” she assured to announce later a scientific project to be launched and coordinated by the Science and Techonology Ministry, the provincial government of Chubut and Canada.
“While they (UK) send warships, we will take science ships for (the development) of knowledge and techonology,” the president said and added that “wars only serve those who sell and produce arms.”
In the South of Argentina, head of state Fernández addressed provincial governors, officials and kirchnerite political leaders renewing Argentina’s claims over the South Atlantic territories. War veterans, military authorities and diplomats attended the rally.
CFK has recently taken Argentina’s stance over Malvinas Islands to the Vatican table when se met Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, on March 18th in Rome and requested his intervention in the bilateral row to help promote dialogue between Buenos Aires and London.
The UK, however, maintains its position that no sovereignty negotiations will be held “until Islanders so wish” based on a self-determination pledge that has led to a recent referendum in the Islands on March 10-11 with 98.8 per cent of British inhabitants ratifying their decision to remain an overseas territory of the UK.
Argentina’s leader has responded to the voting process considering it a “consortium of squatters” since the South American country considers the Islands were illegally occupied by the UK in 1833, expelling Argentine authorities from there.
Such a sensitive time for Argentineans, the Malvinas War and the heroic deed of young Argentine troops 31 years ago will be commemorated with demonstrations and rallies all across the country.