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Kirchner fires broadside at Britain over Falklands

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 3:17pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 3:34pm

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has launched a fiery Twitter attack deriding Britain's claim to the Falkland Islands, saying even three-year-old children would know London has no case.

After Argentina renewed its call for a negotiated solution at a UN meeting, Kirchner boasted that fellow Latin American nations “support our claims without reservations for historic, documented, geographic reasons and the most basic logic.”

“An English territory more than 12,000km away? The question wouldn’t even stand in a kindergarten of three-year-olds,” she wrote to her almost 1.8 million followers late Wednesday, noting the distance between Britain and the windswept South Atlantic archipelago.

Her tweets followed a referendum held in the Falklands this month in which 99.8 per cent of islanders voted in favour of remaining British. Argentina, which lost a brief war over the islands in 1982, has called the vote illegal.

Argentina’s call for negotiations over the islands, which it calls the Malvinas, were backed Tuesday by three different organisations of Latin American nations during talks between Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“Full multilateralism and anti-colonialism. Very good,” she said, writing the last three words in English. “See how I love speaking English?”

“I regret not listening to my mother Ofelia when she told me to learn it. That’s how things were back then, what can you do...”

After the UN meeting, Britain’s UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said it was “untenable” for Argentina to reject the referendum overwhelmingly in favour of British rule.

“It is disappointing that Mr Timerman and his colleagues spent so little time talking about the Falkland islanders and the wishes of the Falkland islanders,” he said.



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If physical proximity to one's country were the test of sovereignty then how can the Falklands belong to a country 500 km away across the sea?
Argentina has no regard for the interests or wishes of the inhabitants, it only wants to grab all the oil and other natural resources around the islands. In principle, President Kirchner is no better than the military thugs under General Galtieri who illegally invaded in order to distract domestic attention away from the economic mess and widespread abuse of human rights the country was experiencing.
No free people would wish upon themselves the ineptitude, arrogance and corruption of an Argentine administration.
Britain claimed the Falklands in 1765 - Argentina did not inherit them from Spain. For long periods the islands were uninhabited. In 1833 the British returned and asked an illegal Argentine garrison to leave but the majority of the settlers (24) chose to stay. 12 chose to leave and of these, 5 chose to return to what is present day Argentina. This and the proximity argument forms the basis of Argentina's weak sovereignty claim - weak, otherwise they would have taken theur case to the Courts of International Justice by now.
In 2007, Nestor Kirchner voided a 1996 oil and gas exploration agreement with the UK. Argentine foreign minister Timerman has been threatening to take British companies drilling in Falkland waters to court for the past 14 months but as yet, has made little progress. This proves two points (I) the Falkland Islands are British for as long as the islanders wish this and (II) Argentine politcians cannot be trusted.


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