May 21, 2013
'Argentine accusations are rubbish,' UK
British Ambassador before the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, assured that Argentina’s accusation regarding the militarization of the South Atlantic are “rubbish,” refused to confirm whether the UK will deploy nuclear submarines and requested the national Constitution is modified in order to exclude the Malvinas islands.
Following the Argentine Government’s formal complaint before the United Nations, Grant assured there are no changes in the island’s defence system and warned that the UK will defend its stance thoroughly if Argentina pretends to “take advantage,” of the dispute’s 30th anniversary.
“Before 1982 there was a minimal defence presence in the Malvinas Islands," he said. “We are threatening no one.”
"It is only because Argentina illegally invaded the Malvinas Islands in 1982 that we had to increase our defence posture. Nothing has changed in that defence posture in recent months or recent years, we are threatening no one,” he added.
Within this framework, Grant blasted President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration for the "rhetoric escalation" and added that if her Government really wishes to initiate sovereignty talks with London, it must change the Constitution, in which the country ratifies its “legitimate sovereignty” over Malvinas.
“When they changad their Constitution they did so in a very hostile manner, because they considered it a duty for Argentina to obtain the islands’ sovereignty. They changad the Constitution to include the fact that it is a duty to obtain the sovereignty of a territory over which they never had sovereignty and in which there are several generations of islanders,” he concluded.