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Ambassador to UK: appointment of new governor of Malvinas 'a provocation'

In a column signed by the Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, and published today on The Guardian British newspaper, the diplomat criticizes the appointment of Colin Roberts, who was previously director for overseas territories in the Foreign Office, to be the "governor" of the disputed Malvinas Islands.

"I once met Roberts at the Foreign Office, and I do not have a fond recollection of our meeting", Castro recalled. "His conduct towards me, as the ambassador of my country, was akin to that one might expect from an official of the empire, scolding his subjects. This, had it not been offensive, would have been quite simply ridiculous," she wrote.

An added: "Yet neither imperial arrogance nor the breaching of international law is anything new. One element that is striking, however, is that the UK, which refuses to resolve the dispute and aims to justify the continued occupation of the islands by invoking the right to self-determination for the current British inhabitants, decided to choose none other than Roberts to "govern" them."

"The right of self-determination of peoples is not applicable to any or every human community, but only to "peoples". In the case of the inhabitants of the Malvinas, we do not have a separate "people", still less one subjected to colonialism. The British residents of the islands do not have the right to resolve the sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the UK: nobody doubts they are British, and can continue to be so, but the territory in which they live is not. It belongs to Argentina," Castro said in the article.

Read the full article here.
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