May 23, 2013
Malvinas: UK dismisses Argentina's complaint to the UN
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said no one should doubt his determination to keep the Malvinas Islands British as he dismissed President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s complaint to the United Nations.
“The people of the Islands want to stay British and the UK will defend the territory properly to make sure they do so”, Cameron told reporters in Stockholm today.
Likewise, Cameron warned that “Argentina will find when she goes to the United Nations that it is an absolutely key part of the United Nations Charter to support self determination”, and added, “What we’ve said is absolutely clear and right under the United Nations, as long as the people of the Falkland [Malvinas] Islands want to retain that status, we will make sure that they do.”
The statements came after Fernández de Kirchner said on Tuesday that she will lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council over the UK’s “militarisation” of the southern Atlantic Ocean around the islands.
The move came after Britain decided to send one of its newest destroyers, HMS Dauntless, to the islands to replace an older ship and deploy Prince William, a military helicopter pilot, to the region.
“We will defend the Falkland Islands properly,” Cameron said. “I think that is very simply put, very straightforward and shouldn’t leave anybody in any doubt about our support for the islands, for their people and for the status they themselves want to maintain.”