December 6, 2013
Tension rises between Argentina, UK over Malvinas sovereignty
“Everybody knows how the United Kingdom acted with colonialism. There are signals and consequences in every continent of what colonialism did to those people, the subjugation, and it saddens us to listen to this fallacy and outburst, Boudou said, when asked about Cameron’s comments, in which he accused Argentina of colonialism.
“This is a strange outburst that falls outside any reasonable analysis,” Boudou insisted as he addressed reporters during a visit to PosadasForeign Minister Héctor Timerman echoed the statements made by UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron in which he accused Argentina of "colonialism," and counter attacked by saying that “it catches one’s attention to hear such statements when Great Britain and Colonialism are synonymous.”
The cross fire did not end there, as Timerman also remarked that “instead of calling the National Security Committee, Great Britain should call UN’s Secretary General Ban ki Moon and respond positively to all resolutions issued by the UN calling Britain to open the dialogue with Argentina in order to find a pacific solution to Argentina's claims of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.”
Likewise, the minister said that “The accusations made are hard to understand when it is Argentina the victim of British colonialism as the United Nations has said.”
Furthermore, Timerman remarked that “we live in a world where only colonialism left-overs can be found, but it seems that as far as the British empire is in full decline, they have now decided to re-write history.”
Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo also weighted in on the issue and said he considered Cameron's statements to be “absolutely offensive.”
“This is absolutely offensive, particularly coming from Great Britain. History clearly shows what their attitude towards the world was,” he said in a press conference.
Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron once again reiterated his country’s position regarding the Argentine claim over the Malvinas Islands and accused Argentina of "colonialism," adding more fuel to the longstanding controversy over which the Argentina and the United Kingdom fought a war three decades ago.
Speaking at the House of Commons, Cameron said that the National Security Council had discussed the subject and guaranteed that all defences were in order in the Malvinas Islands.
Tensions have escalated after the Mercosur, the South American trading bloc, decided in December, at the request of Buenos Aires, to close its ports to ships flying the flag of the archipelago.
The prime minister explained that the future of the islands was ''down to the people''.
"The key point is we support the (Malvinas) Islanders' right to self-determination, and what the Argentineans have been saying recently, I would argue is actually far more like colonialism because these people want to remain British and the Argentineans want them to do something else,” the Prime Minister explained.
"The absolutely vital point is that we are clear that the future of the (Malvinas) Islands is a matter for the people themselves, and as long as they want to remain part of the United Kingdom and be British they should be able to do so," he added.
"I'm determined we should make sure that our defences and everything else is in order, which is why the National Security Council discussed this issue yesterday."
Malvinas islands are located in the south Atlantic over 400 nautical miles from Argentina, a British protectorate since early 1800’s.
Argentina has repeatedly claimed sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands. Last December, President Cristina Kirchner accused Britain of "taking Argentine resources" and ignoring UN resolutions as she called for renewed talks about the future of the archipelago.