April 21, 2014
'The war was not a decision made by the Argentine people,' CFK
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Malvinas War, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner delivered a speech at the cenotaph in the recently expanded Islas Malvinas square In Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego to pay tribute to the 649 Argentines who died during the 1982 war and all veterans.
“We are here to recognize the brave men that today can show their medals which were won with honour on the battlefield, as well to those youngsters who without any proper training, gave their lives for this nation and always marched toward the enemy and bravely faced their fears,” the President expressed today.
“We are not here to commemorate war. War only brings poverty, violence, and makes things go backwards. Nothing good comes out of war. We just want a more just and peaceful world for everybody,” Fernández de Kirchner stated.
At the same time, the Head of State emphasized that "It is an injustice how in the 21st century there still subsists a colonialist enclave a few hundred kilometres from our shores", and reinforced that idea of the UK being “totally absurd when pretending dominion over a territory that’s more than 14,000 kilometres away from them.”
Likewise, the President echoed the comments made by UK’s Prime Minister Cameron to the British media:
“I heard the statements made by British Prime Minister (David Cameron) this morning, when he said that Argentine forces came to steal the islanders freedom, and thought he is clearly not aware that back then, the Argentine people’s freedom was also taken captive by the military junta. It was a war pushed by a military coup; it was not the Argentine people who decided to go on to war. But since 1983 the people of Argentina chose to be a peaceful and democratic nation.”
Furthermore, Fernández de Kirchner emphasized that, “No one can say that Argentina does not welcome with open arms people from all over the world. There are only few countries in the world with such an open immigration policy as the Argentina.”
To end, the President revealed that “on Friday I personally sent a letter to the International Red Cross so the UK can collaborate with the identification of dead men from either side that yet remain unidentified as I believe that every mother in this world has the right to mourn their fallen kids.”
Yesterday, Vice-President Amado Boudou participated in a similar ceremony in Río Grande, also in Tierra del Fuego, alongside Cabinet ministers including Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman.
Malvinas war veterans from across Argentina had arrived yesterday in Ushuaia and Río Grande cities to participate in the vigil.
Carlos Latorre, the head of the Malvinas veterans centre, yesterday confirmed that speakers at the ceremony would include the President, Ushuaia mayor Federico Sciurano and Tierra del Fuego Governor Fabiana Ríos.