December 18, 2014
Cristina: 'Sovereignty is built through peace and diplomacy'
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had strong words for the UK government, as she headed today the inauguration of the Malvinas Museum at the ex-ESMA detention centre, where thousands were illegally held prisoners and tortured during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
During the event, the head of state criticised the conduct of Great Britain, who she accused of "obsolete military colonialism," while alleging that colonialism was still alive and well in different forms.
“Colonization is not forced territorially or through military means any more, but financially and culturally,” the President explained.
“Sovereignty is built through peace and diplomacy,” she added.
Accompanied by members of the national cabinet, Cristina walked through the building, which included various memorial spaces like “the room of the fallen”, commemorating the Argentine soldiers who died during the Malvinas War in 1982.
In the inaugural tour, Fernández de Kirchner unveiled the Argentine flag used during 'Operation Condor', a civilian operative carried out by peronist militants who hijacked a commercial airplane and landed it on the Malvinas in 1966.
Fernández de Kirchner thanked the support for the Malvinas claim by “most of the international forums,” and remarked the backing of “106 British lawmakers,” over the dispute with the so called ‘vulture funds’; a legal struggle which will be defined on Thursday by the US Supreme Court.