Falklands/Malvinas: Argentina asks why UK is not punished for not complying with UN

Source:  Merco Press
July 24  2015

Argentine diplomats questioned in Montevideo why the United Kingdom is not punished for its denial to comply with the UN General Assembly Resolution from 1965 which calls on Argentina and the UK to sit and dialogue on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute. They also denied any attempts from Argentina to suffocate the Falklands economy or hydrocarbons industry.

“Why some countries are punished if they don't accept UN resolutions, while others that are founding members” can look aside and not comply asked Filmus

“Why some countries are punished if they don’t accept UN resolutions, while others that are founding members” can look aside and not comply asked Filmus

The head of the Argentine Foreign ministry’s Malvinas affairs Desk, Daniel Filmus was hosted on Thursday with a special session at the ALADI offices in Montevideo, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Resolution 2065 which recognizes the existence of a sovereignty dispute between the two countries.

ALADI stands for the Latin American Integration Association and is made up of thirteen members: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. The current chairman is Carlos “Chacho” Alvarez, a former Argentine vice-president who resigned ahead of the 2001/2002 political and economic meltdown of Argentina.

UN resolutions

“Why some countries are punished if they don’t accept UN resolutions, while others that are founding members and also have permanent seats in the Security Council can look aside and not comply with what the UN Decolonization Committee reiterates year after year?” asked Filmus following the special session and unveiling of a commemorative plaque and a Malvinas hall in the ALADI Montevideo building.

Filmus said it was hard to understand why the UK had not sat to dialogue with the Argentine government to address the issue, as established by the UN General Assembly resolution: “How can it be that the UK refuses to comply with the United Nations”, he insisted.

Filmus also made comments on the recent decision by the Argentine justice to embargo British, US and European companies’ assets for their involvement in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands without the consent of the Argentine government that claims the Islands and adjoining maritime spaces where the exploration for oil and gas with Falklands’ awarded licenses it taking place.

Sovereignty over the islands

“We are not intent in isolating or suffocating economically the Malvinas Islands, but simply want to exercise our rights, and our rights are sovereignty over the Islands” underlined Filmus regarding the UK government claims that Argentina wanted to ‘strangle’ the Falklands economy and the development of the Islanders’ hydrocarbons industry.

The Argentine official said that there were three main important pending questions in the region: Panama canal sovereignty, US and Cuba relations and the Malvinas dispute, and now “two of them have been accomplished, only the third one is waiting to be resolved”.

“We need the solidarity of the all Latin American countries, as in the other two cases to overcome the long-standing controversy over the Malvinas Islands”

A Latin American cause

ALADI chair Alvarez pointed out that “the Malvinas Islands claim is inexorably becoming a Latin American cause”. He added that nowadays colonialism is condemned by all countries in the world and “only 17 of these cases have survived so far, of which ten are linked to the UK”.

Alvarez also warned how dangerous is was to have in Latin America ‘a foreign power’ occupying part of ‘our territory’ and underlined the importance of ensuring that “our resources” are preserved to the benefit of the Latin American community.

Finally the president of the ALADI representatives council, Felix Rivas Alvarado read a message from Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro expressing full support and solidarity with “Argentina’s legitimate claim over the Malvinas”.

Source:  Falklands/Malvinas: Argentina asks why UK is not punished for not complying with UN Merco Press

Argentina president says West seeking to destabilize Latin America

Source:  presstv.com
April 12 2015

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has slammed the West’s “soft” campaign to destabilize Latin American countries.

cristina fernandez 3During her address at the 35-nation Summit of the Americas in Panama City on Saturday, she said the attempts always originate in some NGOs that “we never know who finance them.”

She warned that the destructive attempts “aim at the destabilization of governments in the region, of the governments that have done the most for equality, for education and social inclusion.”

Pointing to the “major accomplishments” of the Latin American governments in the areas of human rights, social inclusion, health, and education, Kirchner said the West lends support to “governments with neoliberal policies that shattered people.”

She also denounced the Western attempts to combat “governments that can show their credentials of having been the ones that have included their countrymen the most.”

Malvinas Islands

Elsewhere in her remarks, the Argentine president criticized the UK for considering her nation a “threat” and thus justifying an increase in its military presence in the Malvinas Islands, known as the Falklands to the British.

“The United Kingdom declared my country a threat to its won territory, the Malvinas Islands: 2.3 percent of UK’s budget is allocated to defense. It is also absurd,” she added.

Britain declared Malvinas as part of its overseas territories in 1833. Argentina calls it an occupation and has time and again challenged the British military presence in the archipelago, which is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Argentina’s coast.

Row over the islands turned into a bloody war in 1982. The conflict then claimed the lives of 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 Britons and three islanders.

Tensions between Argentina and the UK mounted again in 2013, after a London-backed referendum asking the islanders to decide whether to remain under the British rule. Some 99.8 percent people voted to remain a British territory. The Argentine government challenged the vote calling it “a British manoeuvre lacking legal value”.

Source:  Argentina president says West seeking to destabilize Latin America  presstv.com

CELAC: The time has come for the region to walk in close ranks

Statement by Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, on behalf of the Community Of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) at the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York, September 26, 2013
Mr. President:
CELAC logo 2I am honored to take the floor on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) which Cuba is honored to preside.  I would like to reiterate to you our satisfaction over your election as President of the Sixty Eighth Session of the General Assembly and our willingness to cooperate in order to contribute to the successful performance of your mandate. It is an honor for CELAC to see that a representative from one of its member States, particularly a Caribbean nation, is presiding over this top organ of the United Nations.
CELAC, the first genuinely Latin American and Caribbean organization made up by all countries in the region, was founded with the purpose of advancing in the political, economic, social and cultural unity and integration of Our America, thus vindicating the dream of our liberators of having a Nation of Republics that, with its almost 600 million inhabitants, its resources and its enormous human, natural and economic potential could autonomously decide upon its own destiny.

Malvinas Islands: CELAC and Russia renew their support

MalvinasThe foreign ministers of Cuba, Costa Rica, Haiti and Russia together with a representative of CELAC highlighted in a joint statement its ruling in favor of the “early resumption of negotiations between the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom, to find a definitive solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas Islands “.

As reported by the San Martin Palace through a statement, the Foreign Ministers of Cuba, Continue reading