The government has praised the recent landmark agreement with the United Kingdom as a sign of its increasing openness with the world. But not everyone agrees. Several members of the opposition and veterans criticized the government agreeing to not discuss the issue of Malvinas sovereignty as part of a broad deal.
Some have directly accused Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra of putting her personal ambitions at the United Nations ahead of national interests as she is pining for a seat as the next secretary general of the United Nations. That’s exactly what lawmaker Héctor Recalde accused Malcorra of doing. “Personal ambition cannot impede the defence of Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas,” he said.
Groups of veterans of the Malvinas War also expressed their displeasure at the increased talks. Ernesto Alonso said the veterans group he leads may possibly take Macri and Malcorra to court, for the crime of failing to fulfil the duties of a public official. The duties? Not pursuing Argentine sovereignty of the Malvinas. Socialist lawmaker Juan Zabalza also weighed in, telling La Nación that the government had “mistakenly agreed not to talk about sovereignty.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Foradori pushed back against the criticism, saying dialogue is necessary in order to bringabout change. The agreement will “bring the goal of sovereignty closer,” he told Clarín.
Britons, however, had a clear message to the contrary, making it clear they have no intention of even touching the issue without the presence of Malvinas residents. The British Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan said that discussions “will not include the issue of sovereignty.” Conservative Member of Parliament Andrew Rosindell agreed, telling the Telegraph that London was ready to end any talks if sovereignty was brought to the table. “If they then try to use that as an opportunity to talk about sovereignty there is no discussion to be had,” he said.