June 19, 2013
Argentina to denounce increased 'militarisation' of South Atlantic
In a much hyped speech, President Cristina Fernández announced on live television that Argentina would be filing a formal complaint before the United Nations General Assembly and the UN Security Council over the alleged increasing “militarisation” of the South Atlantic region.
Malvinas "has become a regional cause. A global cause, because once again they are militarising the South Atlantic."
"No matter how much good will we have, it was difficult to see how the sending of an immense and modern destroyer accompanied by the Royal heir who we would have liked to see in civilian clothes and not in military uniform was not a show of purposeful military strength by the UK", she said.
That is why the President instructed Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman "to present formally to the Security Council of the United Nations and before the General Assembly of the United Nations this militarisation of the South Atlantic which implies a great risk for international security."
Likewise, the Head of State said Argentina would be opposing 'this militarisation of the South Atlantic' because it was a region where "peace reigns'.
Ms Kirchner added: 'We are people who have suffered too much violence in our country. We are not attracted to armed games, or wars, on the contrary.
'No land, no place can be a spoil of war. We do not believe in the spoils of war.'
Fernández de Kirchner made clear her view that the British are occupying the Malvinas, saying: 'It is an anachronism that in the 21st Century that there are still colonies: there are only 16 cases (of colonisation) in the whole world, ten of them are English."
The complaint comes in response to the recent deployment of the British destroyer HMS Dauntless and the arrival of Prince William to the Malvinas, which was labeled as "routine" by the UK government.
It has also been reported that the British Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the region.
Speaking before Government officials, governors, opposition leaders, war veterans and Kirchnerite activists, the President said that she would take her complaint to the UN General Assembly too because in the Security Council "some powerful countries use their seat to deepen a problem instead of solving it."
Fernández de Kirchner said that she would invite opposition leaders to take part in the next United Nations Decolonization Committee, scheduled to take place on June 14th, the day that marks the 30th anniversary of the Malvinas War.
After revealing the reason for her press conference, which had been shrouded in secrecy, the President told British Prime Minister David Cameron to "give peace a chance."
"I would like to ask the British Prime Minister to give peace a chance. Give peace, not war, a chance for once," she stated.
She added that the Malvinas cause "is no longer an Argentine cause. It has become a Latin American cause, a global cause, and that is one of our major achievements,” she stressed.
As the anniversary of the Malvinas War nears, the Head of State criticized that “they are exhausting natural resources without any sort of environmental control and this could cause an environmental disaster.”
During her speech, she also announced the creation of the mental health hospital “Islas Malvinas,” which would treat war veterans and would function in the former Military Geographical Institute in Buenos Aires.
She closed her speech by thanking militants listening to her speech in the nearby balconies of the Government House and saluting those who were killed in the war.
“On behalf of every Argentine, honour and glory to you all,” she stated.