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Filmus takes over leadership of new Malvinas secretariat

Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman shakes Filmus’ hand yesterday.

Timerman calls islands ‘last colonial bastions’

Former Victory Front (FpV) senator Daniel Filmus yesterday took office as head of the newly created Secretariat of Malvinas Affairs, sworn in by Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman during a rally at the Palacio San Martín.

“It’s a historic decision because the Malvinas Islands are the last colonial bastions in the American continent,” Timerman said. “Argentina is an incomplete country, because part of our territory has been stolen from us.”

Timerman praised the arrival of the former senator, who lost the race to renew his seat in the October mid-term elections.

“I think Daniel’s posting brings a new emphasis to the foreign ministry,” said the Kirchnerite official, who highlighted the former senator’s “patience and dedication.”

Filmus then thanked President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for having recommended him for the post and said he hoped “to be up to the challenge” set by the head of state.

As leader of the newly created Secretariat of Affairs Related to Malvinas Islands, Georgias del Sur and Sandwich del Sur and the South Atlantic surrounding waters, Filmus will be charged with implementing a series of strategies to “best defend the rights and interests of Argentina in the Malvinas question,” according to the ministry led by Timerman.

In that context, Filmus insisted on criticizing London’s “double standard” on colonialism issues — a line often repeated by Fernández de Kirchner — as well as the use by the United Kingdom of its permanent seat on the UN Security Council that enables the country to avoid negotiations with Buenos Aires about sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.

The rally ended with a toast by Timerman, who expressed hope that “very soon we will make the same toast on our islands.”

Herald with DyN, Télam

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