While some dissenters were claiming that the Macri administration would “give up the Malvinas Islands” because the new President is “a minion of the Empire” (whatever that means,) it looks like Argentina’s historic sovereignty claim is not going anywhere.
On a press release yesterday, the Foreign Ministry once again called for the United Kingdom to return to the negotiating table and resume talks over the archipelago’s sovereignty. The difference with the previous administration is that, while Cristina Kirchner considered that active negotiations were absolutely indispensable if Argentina and the UK were ever to have any kind of civilized bilateral relationship, the new administration says the conflict should not get in the way of other areas of common interest.
The press statement, which was also posted on the Ministry’s website, refers to the British occupation of the Malvinas Islands (AKA Falklands) on January 3, 1833.
On that day, British forces “forced the legitimately established Argentine population and authorities out and replaced them with members of the occupying power. The Argentine Republic immediately protested this illegitimate act of force that continues today, without ever consenting to it.”
The press statement also stresses Argentina’s “permanent and inalienable goal” of recovering the islands according to “principles of international law and respecting the islanders’ way of life.”
“That goal is state policy and represents the will of the Argentine people.”
The new government is calling for a “peaceful” solution to the Malvinas controversy and invites the United Kingdom to “resume negotiations in order to solve the sovereignty dispute as soon as possible and in a just and definitive manner through peace, dialogue and diplomacy.”
And in case there was any doubt of their position on the matter, the text is clear: The new government considers the British presence there to be “a form of colonialism that has to end.”
On the same week she was appointed Foreign Minister, Susana Malcorra said the new administration would not avoid discussing the Malvinas sovereignty issue because it is “historic and central.”
“No one is avoiding this. This is a a present issue and we need to try and see if there are mechanisms available out there that help us make progress,” she said.
Your move, United Kingdom.