Thursday, February 9, 2012

UK rules out negotiation over Malvinas

Source: Press TV

Tension between Britain and Argentina over the disputed Malvinas Islands has reached new heights after British government once again ruled out the possibility of getting involved in further negotiations.

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner, who has repeatedly insisted on negotiations, condemned Britain for militarizing the dispute over the islands and announced that she would make a formal complaint to the United Nations over the issue.

Kirchner stressed that the deployment of an heir to the throne, the Duke of Cambridge, to the islands along with the presence of an advanced warship destroyer HMS Dauntless was considered as “a grave danger to international security.”

Meanwhile, British government defended its right to send a warship to the coasts of the “occupied” Malvinas (Falklands) islands, and claimed it was not militarizing the archipelago.

“We are not militarising the South Atlantic. Our defensive posture in the Falkland Islands remains unchanged,” a Downing Street spokesman said.

“The people of the Falklands choose to be British. Their right to self determination is a principle that's enshrined in the UN charter,” he added.

As the 30th anniversary of the 1982 war approaches, the dispute over the territory is heating up. The British government is attempting to prevent any counter-move taken by Argentina to reclaim “its stolen islands.”

UK government’s constant military threats have also raised tensions among the British politicians. UK shadow defense secretary Jim Murphy repeated government’s colonialism, saying, “It is for the UK and UK only to decide which forces to send overseas, when and where.”

He accused Buenos Aires of misrepresenting Britain’s routine deployments in order to serve its own diplomatic ends. Insisting there was no evidence to justify the Argentine government’s actions, since did not demonstrate the will of the islands’ residents.

"We will support the Government as long as they support the Falkland people's right to self-determination and the defense and security of the islands,” he added.

However, Peter Slowe, former policy adviser to Tony Blair, urged the Tory-led government to make peace with Argentina.

“The solution to the Falklands was always - and still is - to cede Argentina sovereignty while ensuring by treaty the British way of life for the tiny local population in a local democracy and sharing oil or other resources with Argentina,” said Slowe.

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