December 18, 2013
'UK using Malvinas to hide economic woes,' CFK
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner yesterday reversed a critique commonly directed at her administration by telling the United Kingdom to refrain from “using the Malvinas to hide the economic and social disaster in Europe.”
As the only speaker at a ceremony to mark Malvinas War Day and remember veterans, staged in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, the President once again called for the UK to accept UN resolutions advocating dialogue with Argentina over the islands’ sovereignty dispute.
Yesterday marked the 31st anniversary since the occupation was launched, while the location of Puerto Madryn was chosen to commemorate the almost 8,000 Argentine soldiers who disembarked there at the war’s end.
The head of state paid tribute to the brave soldiers who fought for their country in the war: “How could we not recognize, how could we not honour those youngsters who without training, without equipment, left in God’s hands and their own skill or incompetence, were sent to face a professionalized enemy.”
“You gave everything with a deep love for the country... You will never be forgotten again, because you are the pride of the nation,” she went on, dismissing the common association of veterans with the last military dictatorship in the past.
She clarified that she only used the term “enemy” because at that time there was a war, but that “today, Argentina has no enemies, the only enemy that Argentina has are poverty and the inequality we have been fighting against for the last ten years.”
Fernández de Kirchner, who spoke before an audience primarily composed of government-aligned public officials and veterans together with South African Ambassador to Argentina Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, Nelson Mandela’s daughter, announced a plan to place a scientific research vessel on the South Atlantic.
“While they send war-ships, we are going to set up a scientific ship. This is what the world and what society wants. War only serves those who sell arms. It only serves those who manufacture arms and we want to generate knowledge and discover all the resources and potential of this Argentine sea,” she asserted.
Seemingly influenced by Pope Francis’ call for reconciliation, the President maintained: “When an Argentine sees another, I want him to see a brother with whom he must overcome differences and agree on what is important,” praising the unanimous position favouring the recovery of the islands from all political parties.
The President slammed the Cameron administration for “wasting resources on armaments, futile resources, which only seek to militarize a South Atlantic that is now free from conflict.”
Herald with AP, Ambito.com, Telam