Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Britain Tells Argentina To Back-Off From The Falklands

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Britain's Message To Argentina Over The Falklands: Back Off -- The Telegraph

The Israeli-Palestinian issue dominated media coverage of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York last week. But almost completely slipping under the radar was a war of words between London and Buenos Aires over the Falklands sovereignty question. After a good deal of sabre-rattling by Argentine president Cristina Kirchner in the past few months, which included this rant back in June, the UK Mission to the United Nations issued a robust statement underscoring that Britain will not enter into any negotiations over the sovereignty of the islands:

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. The United Kingdom Government attaches great importance to the principle and right of self determination as set out in Article 1.2 of the Charter of the United Nations and Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. That principle underlies our position on the Falkland Islands. There can be no negotiations on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands unless and until such time as the islanders so wish.

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My Comment: A rather blunt warning .... but will the Argentinians listen, and will the Brits have enough boots on the ground to dissuade any Argentinian attempt to take the Falklands .... only time will tell.

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