International politics once again reveals transversal alliances. Felipe González, José María Aznar, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy have formed, together with other Spanish personalities, a group that urges the United Kingdom to start a dialogue with Argentina to seek a solution to the Malvinas conflict, a territory that the UN recognizes that it is in dispute between those countries. Sponsored by the Argentine embassy in Spain, the four former presidents demand that the Government of Boris Johnson initiate talks with that of Alberto Fernández at a time when the dialectical tension between the two has increased.
Argentina rejects the “belligerent threats” of the United Kingdom on the Malvinas
“We reaffirm the need for the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to resume, as soon as possible, the negotiations aimed at finding a prompt solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas Islands, Georgias South and South Sandwich and the surrounding maritime spaces, within the framework of the resolutions of the United Nations Organization, the Organization of American States and the provisions and objectives of the Charter of the United Nations, including the principle of territorial integrity”, the four former presidents, who are joined by personalities such as the former Secretary General of NATO Javier Solana; the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo; the former Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, Miguel Ángel Cortés; or the ‘father’ of the Constitution, Miguel Herrero y Rodríguez of Mignon.
“The successive resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations that urge the Secretary General to carry out good offices efforts, in order to resume negotiations aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the aforementioned dispute as soon as possible” , add in the note the former leaders of PP and PSOE.
The conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom dates back decades. In 1982, a war took place for the sovereignty of that territory that ended with the surrender of the Latin American country, which considers these territories part of its State against the United Kingdom, which claims its sovereignty as a colonial power.
In recent days there has been an increase in dialectical tension between the two countries coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the war over the Malvinas Islands after the Daily Telegraph newspaper published statements by the United Kingdom Secretary of Defense, Ben Wallace, in which he assured that London will have the necessary determination “to face thugs” who threaten their “values” anywhere in the world. The Argentine government, for its part, rejected these words on Tuesday, which it considered “belligerent threats” and “derogatory references.”
“The democratic Argentine governments have consolidated their claim to sovereignty over the Malvinas Question within the framework of international law and through peaceful and diplomatic means, for which Secretary Wallace’s references are absolutely inappropriate and unacceptable,” he added in a statement in which reiterated that the United Kingdom “must comply” with the United Nations resolutions that call for a “negotiated solution” of the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces , informs EFE.
The UN resolutions are committed to dialogue to put an end to the controversy that has lasted more than 50 years. Argentina regularly presses within the United Nations and denounces the United Kingdom’s refusal to negotiate a solution for decades, despite having resumed diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“There is no reason, except for the intention of the United Kingdom to maintain the manifestly illegitimate colonial situation, so that the bilateral dialogue on the Malvinas issue is not resumed right now,” Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá stressed in June. an appearance before the UN Decolonization Committee. “The United Kingdom alleges that there will be no sovereignty negotiations unless the inhabitants of the islands so consider it. In this way, the United Kingdom intends to ignore what is established by the General Assembly, relying on the supposed right to self-determination of the inhabitants, “said Sola, who defended that the principle of self-determination does not apply to the Malvinas, given that the composition of the population of the area is” the result of the colonization initiated by the United Kingdom in 1833 “and using it would mean leaving in the hands of “the colonizers” the decision on the final status of the territory, reports EFE.