Lula Wants UN to Recognize Argentina’s Sovereignty over Malvinas/Falkland

Malvinas/Falkland IslandsBrazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva talking off the cuff in Cancun, Mexico, condemned on Tuesday the United Nations Organization (UN) and its Security Council for not recognizing Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands.

Lula was making a speech at the Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean, which ended Tuesday. “Our attitude is one of solidarity with Argentina,” Lula said, adding the question: “What is the geographical, political and economic explanation for England to be in the Malvinas?”

“What is the explanation for the United Nations never having that decision? It is not possible that Argentina is not the owner while England is, despite being 14,000 km away.”

For the Brazilian leader the reason this happens is the fact that Britain is a permanent member of the Security Council. He used the occasion to once again call for the admission of more members to the council, increasing its representativeness. Brazil wants to be one of the new members.

“Is it possible that Britain can do everything and while others can do nothing?,” Lula went on. “We need to start pushing so that the UN secretary reopen this debate.”

The 33 presidents present in Cancun, including Lula, signed a document supporting the Argentine position, recognizing that Argentina owns the islands.

Argentina has upped the pressure on England in the dispute over the South Atlantic islands known variously as Falkland or Malvinas by decreeing that all maritime navigation in Argentine territorial waters, or between Argentina and the islands, must receive prior authorization.

This occurs just as British petroleum companies begin to drill for petroleum in the ocean approximately 100 kilometers north of the islands. The decree will make any such exploration activities more expensive and difficult.

The Argentine vice chancellor, Victorio Taccetti, admitted that was exactly the objective. “The decree is part of a strategic defense of our legitimate rights to the islands, which are systematically disregarded by the British government,” he declared.

England and Argentina have long disputed ownership of the islands (two large ones and a total of over 700 small ones). Since 1833 they have been English (Argentina had control of them from 1820 to 1833). In 1982, the two countries fought a two-month long war over them.

The population totals 3,140 and one of the problems that Argentina faces is that the inhabitants are almost unanimous in wanting to retain British citizenship.

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  • Roger Lorton

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    Argentina has never possessed the Falkland Islands. In 1820 a pirate named Jewtt claimed the islands on behalf of the United Provinces of South America despite the fact that they had long been claimed by both Britain and Spain. As Spain didn’t recognise Argentina until 1859 and Britain until 1825, Jewetts claim is irrelevant. He never founded a settlement and was gone within a few months. In 1833, following diplomatic objections to Argentina’s infringements of the British claim, HMS Clio went to the islands and ejected the Argentine garrison. The settlers, 22 of them, remained as British subjects. Britain has maintained a settlement there ever since and the current islanders, made up of a mix of races, wish to remain British. Their rights are fully protected by UN Charters and Resolutions.

    Perversely, if it wasn’t for Argentine aggression, the islanders may have opted for true independence long ago.

  • Lloyd Cata

    The Malvinas, The Falklands, & The Truth
    [u]Because the British understand that they have NO legal, geographical, or moral rights to the Malvinas, they have supported instead the independence of the islands to frustrate the Argentinian claim.
    So they are using ‘independence’, which is something they are ‘historically’ opposed to, as a means of separating Argentines from their islands. To accomplish this, having enforced their claim militarily, they have now escalated the disagreement to the economic arena in order to consolidate their position.
    The military, economic, and geopolitical advantages of having such an ‘outpost’ at one of the major gateways of the southern hemisphere cannot be understated in this discussion. I.e., the Empire is willing to spend blood and treasure to maintain its position. There are certainly historical precedents for what imperialists negotiate as ‘independence’. Generally, it is safe to say that the ‘independence’ negotiated in the breakup of Africa, was an abject failure, the ‘independence’ negotiated in the Middle East was an abject failure, the ‘independence’ negotiated on the Indian subcontinent has resulting in the death of millions, and still the British have not solved the independence of their very neighbors in Ireland. It would benefit everyone to simply recognize that ‘independence’ in the lexicon of the Empire is not something necessarily to be celebrated. If that was the case, we would not have the economic and political situation in Haiti today.[/u]

  • MALVINENSE

    LAS MALVINAS, georgias(SAn pedro), SS, Y sector Antartico Argentino, pertenece a Argentina.
    LOS brits: FUERA DEL ATLANTICO SUR!!
    PARA MI SON NAZIS LOS BRITS!!!

  • Breckenfeld

    The Falklands belong to England
    The Falklands are as British as London is.

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