March 9, 2014
Gov´t calls for renewed Malvinas negotiations
On the 181st anniversary of the British occupation of the Malvinas, Sandwich, and South Georgia Islands, former senator Daniel Filmus, who was recently appointed as the head of the newly created Secretariat of Malvinas Affairs, yesterday said the Kirchnerite administration will press forward with its claim over the territories and urged the UK to comply with UN resolutions.
Filmus will finally take over his new role on Monday, but took the opportunity to reaffirm the outlines of the policy pursued by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration over the Malvinas.
The government has included Malvinas among its most important goals and objectives for 2014. The goal, which is directly addressed to the Foreign Office led by Héctor Timerman, reads: “Strengthening the diplomatic claim of Argentine sovereignty of the Malvinas islands.”
Filmus said he would commit his best efforts so David Cameron’s administration complies with UN resolution 2065, which demands both states hold a bilateral dialogue over the islands.
“There is increasing international consensus that colonialism cannot exist in the 21st century and that negotiations should be launched,” Filmus said, explaining that the Argentine position was backed by African and Asian countries last year, in addition to South American nations.
In a text published in the daily Página/12, Timerman also made reference to the topic and specifically criticized premier David Cameron for his Christmas message to the islanders, when he said that Argentina would never succeed in its claim.
“Maybe it was the expression of the failure, of trying to confuse the world about the colonial and military occupation as well as the lack of legal and historical grounds for the claim,” Timerman said.
Herald with DyN, Télam