December 18, 2013
Broad Front legislators call for debateThursday, September 19, 2013
A new debate opens: Malvinas are Uruguayan?
A group of the Broad Front (FA) lawmakers party across the River Plate yesterday called for the debate of a Uruguayan sovereignty claim over Malvinas, which the British call Falklands, expressing nonetheless their position of “solidarity for the Argentine people.”
Lawmaker Carlos Coitiño, a member of the FA’s Victoria del Pueblo(PVP) party, announced yesterday that a bill to establish a congressional committee to study the Uruguayan sovereignty over the islands had been submitted.
The claim is based on the “Spanish-Uruguayan Treaty of 1841, which concedes sovereignty over the Mal-vinas to Uruguay,” Uruguayan daily El País reported.
However, the motion was opposed by the majority of Uruguayan President José Mujica’s ruling front.
“The Uruguayan stance over Mal-vinas is the same one that has been upheld by the Foreign ministry for the last 60 years, and it will not change for programmatic reasons,” said Rubén Martínez Huelmo, another FA lawmaker who is also part of the Malvinas Forum, which reaffirms Argentine rights over the archipelago.
Coitiño elaborated that his sector is requesting the issue to be revised, as “it is an issue that has never been explored in depth in Uruguay, and we have to work to set up a position.”
The bill, drafted by a group of historians, geographers, lawyers, diplomats, politicians and members of the armed forces, will be debated on the Congress floor between November 23 and 23.
—Herald with Télam