December 9, 2013
UK replies: 'There'll be no negotiations with Argentina on Malvinas sovereignty'
The UK has dismissed President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's announcement to complain to the United Nations over the disputed Malvinas Islands, saying that it would not negotiate and that the UN charter backed its position.
The Head of State said yesterday in a grandiloquent meeting that included the main opposition political forces, that she would make a formal protest to the UN over Britain's “militarization” of the South Atlantic, which has flared up again 30 years after the two countries fought a war over the Malvinas, South Georgia, and Sandwich islands.
A Foreign Office official said, “The UK has no doubt about our sovereignty over the Falklands [Malvinas]”, and added, “The principle of self-determination, as set out in the UN Charter, underlies our position.”
Likewise, the spokesman remarked that “The people of the Islands are British out of choice. They are free to determine their own future and there will be no negotiations with Argentina on sovereignty unless the islanders wish it.”
The UK is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and could automatically veto any attempt at a resolution on the issue.
Britain has held the islands, home to about 3,000 people, since 1833.
Argentina has in recent weeks denounced the deployment of a British warship to the south Atlantic and the dispatch of Prince William, second in line to the throne, for a tour of duty as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.