Argentina Senate condemns Cameron's Falklands statement

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands capital This April marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War

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Argentina's Senate has condemned a statement by the UK prime minister in which he criticised Argentina's attitude towards the Falkland islands.

David Cameron told MPs Argentina had a "colonialist" attitude to the islands.

Senators said they wanted a "peaceful" end to the dispute over the islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas.

Argentina has demanded talks over the South Atlantic territory's sovereignty but the UK says it will remain British for as long as its inhabitants want.

Tension has been increasing ahead of the 30th anniversary in April of the two countries' war over the territory.

Buenos Aires has accused Britain of breaking a United Nations resolution forbidding unilateral development in disputed waters, by beginning oil drilling under a seabed off the Falkland Islands.

In a statement, the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee said they condemned "any acts of exploration or exploitation of natural resources in the illegally occupied territories by foreign powers, such is the case of the Falklands".

The senators said "the Argentine Parliament and all related political forces demand that the United Kingdom starts accepting the UN resolution over the Malvinas matter".

The legislators insisted their claim over the islands will be sought via diplomatic channels only.

The issue of the Falkland Islands' sovereignty was also raised in the House of Commons on Thursday, with Chairman of the Defence Select Committee James Arbuthnot saying the UK would not let them go.

"If the Falkland Islands were by any chance to be retaken by Argentina, we would take it back," he said.

"Argentina should be in no doubt of that at all."

Fernandez criticism

On Wednesday, making her first public appearance after undergoing surgery, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner criticised David Cameron's earlier remarks which had come during prime minister's questions in the House of Commons on 18 January.

Argentina's president responds to Cameron's comments about Argentina

Her comments came mid-way through a speech to supporters at the Argentine Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires.

Mrs Fernandez said that people only spoke in such a way when they did not have solid arguments.

"I heard that they were calling us, the Argentines, colonialists," Mrs Fernandez told a packed auditorium after 20 days of medical leave for thyroid surgery.

"One always is tempted to respond and such, but... it is necessary to avoid it because one says such things when one has no reasons nor arguments."

She added: "They are trying to paint us as bad guys, or violent guys and really, that is not who we are."

Mr Cameron also outraged many in Argentina with his accusation and last Friday protesters marched on the British embassy in Buenos Aires, burning the Union flag, and demanding that diplomatic ties with London be severed.

BBC correspondent Fergal Keane in Buenos Aires says there is no mood in Argentina for military adventurism and the government will instead continue its policy of trying to isolate Britain diplomatically.

The strategy is to invoke regional solidarity with support from countries like Brazil.

Argentina will portray itself as a Latin American nation whose resources of oil and fishing around the islands are being pillaged by outsiders, our correspondent says.


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  • Comment number 874.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 873.

    #630 "The USA says it is neutral about their rights. Understandable considering the disenfranchisement of the native Hawaiians by the USA."

    Great! Even when the US stays neutral, they get criticized! But what's a comment session without one good USA bashing.

    By the way, the "native Hawaiians" are actually immigrants from Western Polynesia.

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    Comment number 872.

    @ 854. general

    The falklands war showed that the Argentinian aircraft were operating at pretty much the extent of their range and could only stay for a few minutes. The Typhoon has been designed to engage multiple aircraft at once and was designed to fight the worlds best aircraft. I am sure they would make little work of the few old aircraft the Argentinians have...

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    Comment number 871.

    Well. there is one answer to this problem. STOP from tomorrow importing Argentine goods. Beef, Bully Beef, wine amd any other commodities we import from them. Hurt them in there pockets! And CUT ALL diplomatic ties from tomorrow. Unfortunately it won't happen. As MONEY speaks volumes no matter who suffers!!

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    Comment number 870.

    Listen stop all this noise it's irrelevant and is *exactly* what the Spanish colonialist want. Scottish people who are anti UK well I hope for your sake you do get independence as your certainly burning bridges by the comments your making here and we will deal with you later. Militarily if they were to attack we will hurt them big time and they know it so lets just ignore them and sort out England

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    Comment number 869.

    860. ErrrorWayz. No more arguments? Now you are insulting me? Don't show me videos, I don't need them.
    861. coolblue3000. That's what Britain always said but was never able to prove. We have plenty of documents, maps and legal statements that prove you wrong. One of them is the British recognition of Argentine independence in 1825, which doesn't even mention the islands.

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    Comment number 868.


    You still forget one thing, we do not not have the resources of the USA and as a result are now unable to undertake a military campaign without foreign help. The Falklands are in the backyard of Argentina and they have support from other S.American countries all of whom look upon Europe as former masters. Remember we have no friends & the ability to renact 1982. Get real.

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    Comment number 867.

    You would have thought Argentina would have better things to do than worry about 2 small little islands a few hundred miles from them that want to be British? My opinion is that this is just a distraction by Mrs Fernandez to try and cover up the economy and the corruption currently in her country. Also, you would have thought that after 250 years, they would have got the message they they're ours

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    Comment number 866.

    855.Argentine30 YOU are transplanted inhabitants!

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    Comment number 865.

    I hate to say this but does anybody really care?
    I was in support of the '82 defense but now, I can't see we have a claim. Only the residents should have any say & even at that... should it be a decision backed in force? The populace screams at every life lost in Iraq & Afghan, do we really want another conflict?
    Looks like a way to reclaim some money from the MoD budget cuts.
    Save our purses!

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    Comment number 864.

    #854 learn about jets mate.
    The eurofighters have beyond visual range missiles. Radar that tracks multiple targets, stealth characteristics, and are on home turf...they are based in the Falklands

    Argentina has 1980's fighters... very old air to air missiles, in 1982 they shot down no aircraft with mirages. And they can stay about 10 mins over the Falklands before their fuel runs out. Mismatch!

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    Comment number 863.

    whilst there is a british flag on that soil the people there require defence by their sovereign power, we have already had to defend it once, we will again, At least lets show the world that Great britain still has a little bit of self respect and we will defend where required....we are not easily come on argentina BRING IT ON

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    Comment number 862.

    Argentina's claim over the Falklands? The Falklands could just as legitimately lay claim ovet Argentina. Both are just southern hemisphere territories settled by European ex-pats and their descendants.

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    Comment number 861.

    837. Argentine30

    The Spanish aquired the Falklands from the french who did at that time not own them as the first claim had been made by the British. The spanish then tried to kick out the British but failed to do so and had to conceed the islands. They were never spains to give to Argentina so the only Invasion by a foreign army has been by the Argentinians!

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    Comment number 860.

    837. Credit to you, your have consistently defended the indefensible; a little window into what your manipulative premier is tapping into: pure ignorance. Off to bed, some light reading (compiled by a South American) about Argentian's attempted military coups and shameful human rights abuse: :)

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    Comment number 858.

    Following the logic used by Agentina that nearby islands should be their territory:
    Madeira would be part of Morocco.
    Canary Islands would be also part of Morocco.
    There would be many other results which might be unwelcome to those countries supporting the Argentinian idea of "its nearer to us, so it is ours".

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    Comment number 857.

    The majority of Gibraltarians are of Spanish origin (55%), but they still want to remain British (99.2%), so where does that leave your argument?

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    Comment number 855.

    828. Dragonwight. You quoted the 2nd paragraph of the preamble!, and in any case it's in line with what i said. Read the declaration below (from “to this end declares that” onwards) and realize that the right of self-determination doesn't apply to the islanders, due to their condition of transplanted inhabitants. The article 6 is especially relevant to the case. Read the Resolution, please.


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