May 18, 2013
Malvinas: Argentina denounces UK before UN
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman filed a complaint against the militarisation of South Atlantic by the UK before the UN, as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged both countries to avoid an escalade in the conflict and said the organisation would intervene if both nations agree to it.
As President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced earlier this week, Argentina filed a formal complaint before UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon, General Assembly president Nassir Abdulaziz and president of Security Council Kodjo Menan.
Argentina filed a document denouncing the militarization of the South Atlantic which has increased in the last few months, as a response to London’s decision of deploying modern destructor HMS Dauntless to the Malvinas islands and as they refuse to abide by the UN’s resolutions of beginning negotiating talks.
“I came to the United Nations to denounce the UK’s militarization of the South Atlantic,” Timerman said after handing Ban Ki-moon a copy of the setter in the UN’s New York headquarters.
“The UK is currently the most important military power in the area and I provided data regarding nuclear issues, nuclear weapons,” the Foreign Minister explained, regarding England’s latest deployments to the islands.
"Secretary General highlighted the importance of the categorical support Argentina has in the region. He acknowledged that Argentina really has unwavering support of all countries of the continent and that fact gives us strength in order to solve the dispute in a peaceful manner,” he added.The minister held a meeting with the president of the UN's General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser to inform him about the complaint he presented earlier and later gave a press conference in which he explained the militarization of the Malvinas islands and highlighted the powerful warship HMS Dauntless and other warcraft.