Brexit: Argentina to ‘push EU for negotiation’ says Filmus
And he sought to turn up the heat by claiming his nation’s claim on the remote archipelago enjoyed “explicit support” from nations throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Mr Filmus was speaking after a meeting of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation (C-24), which was attended by among others Mark Pollard, chairman of the Falklands’ Legislative Assembly, and Leona Roberts, his deputy.
The Secretary of Affairs pertaining to the Malvinas – the name Argentinians have given the islands – told Buenos Aires-based newspaper Perfil: “We are very satisfied because it was not just a consensus vote on the resolution, but it was one of the sessions that gathered the most explicit support.
“Organisations and countries from our region, but also Asian, African and Caribbean countries, supported this project.”
Mr Filmus also suggested that Argentina saw Britain’s decision to quit the EU as an opportunity to step up its sovereignty push.
Boris Johnson and Argentina’s President, Alberto Fernandez
Daniel Filmus claimed nobody had spoken in the UK’s favour
He explained: “We have been working on this for months. This support is not achieved overnight.
“In the midst of the pandemic, it was very difficult to reach countries that had to vote today, so the work was done in the capitals, through our embassies, and in parallel to the work that was also done here at the United Nations, I think it has been very important. It exceeded our expectations.”
Mr Filmus also claimed the meeting had piled the pressure on the UK, which remains steadfast in its insistence that the Falklands will be a British overseas territory for as long as its 3,000-plus residents want it to remain as such.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
He bragged: “We don’t hear anyone speaking in favour of the UK sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.
“There was no country saying that it agreed with either self-determination or the sovereignty of the United Kingdom over the Malvinas.”
Mr Filmus, who has accused the UK of “plundering” the natural resources of the islands, said: “That is why fishing, hydrocarbons and the entire military issue were raised by the chancellor and supported by all countries.
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Mark Pollard, chairman of the Legislative Assembly
Leona Roberts is Mr Pollard’s deputy
“And now we work hard so that this year the South Atlantic Peace Zone, which brings together all the African and Latin American countries that have a coastline, will meet again, as if to strengthen the denunciation of the illegality of the military base.”
In a separate interview with Radio Brisas, Mr Filmus said: “On the issue of Malvinas, we have found enormous solidarity.
“Not only was the resolution voted by consensus, but many countries, about 30, some that belong to the Committee and others who came especially to show solidarity, said there is no more place for colonialism in the 21st century, and that the United Kingdom has to comply with United Nations resolutions, especially resolution 2075, which is the one that says that this has to be negotiated.
“The United Kingdom has to sit at the dialogue table and also has to comply with other United Nations resolutions such as 3149, which obliges the United Kingdom not to take any unilateral action without authorisation from Argentina.
“In the case of Malvinas, every year the resolution is voted in the Decolonization Committee and the United Kingdom does not comply either; there is an inequality of power and inequality of obedience in front of the United Nations Assembly.
“It is a pity that the founding countries of the United Nations that wanted to create an egalitarian order look the other way; Argentina since 1833, 188 years ago, has been asking the United Kingdom to negotiate peacefully, through dialogue, the exercise of sovereignty over the islands and we find ourselves in a situation of deafness on the other side.
“It is important to be accompanied by the nations of the world, because of the 17 colonies that still exist, 10 are British.
“It is necessary to be aware of this and the pressure of countries telling the United Kingdom to end colonialism has to work.”
The Falkland Islands are in the south Atlantic
Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, triggering a short but bloody war which saw the a taskforce dispatched by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher regain control of the islands.
Addressing the committee last week, Mr Pollard, a sixth-generation Falklands, said of Argentina: “They have never shown remorse for their actions, instead they brazenly stand here before the world claiming to have been treated unjustly themselves.”
He added: “The only people who can solve the question of the Falkland Islands, are the people of the Falkland Islands and we see no problem
with our current political status.
“If the international community would support our basic human right to determine our own future then it will have fixed ‘the question of the Falkland Islands’.“
(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)