With Britain entering negotiations to hand over its other imperial relics, Buenos Aires wants the Falklands back
On Thursday, Argentina’s foreign ministry asked Britain to comply with a United Nations resolution and resume negotiations over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland). The request came after London agreed to negotiate with Mauritius over the future of the Chagos Islands.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Thursday that the UK wants to “Solve all outstanding problems” with Mauritius over the Chagos Islands, a British territory in the Indian Ocean that from 1814 remained under British control after Mauritius gained independence from Great Britain in 1968. Ignored by London for decades , a United Nations resolution forced Britain to reach an agreement with Mauritius over the island.
Guillermo Carmona, an official at Argentina’s foreign ministry, said that Britain’s decision to negotiate with Mauritius marked “A transcendent day for all peoples fighting to end colonialism.”
Carmona said that as well as respecting the UN resolution on the Chagos Islands, Britain “Must comply with resolution 2065 on the Malvinas Question.” The resolution in question calls on London and Buenos Aires to negotiate over sovereignty over the archipelago, which Argentina calls the UK’s Malvinas and Falklands.
Britain has administered the islands since 1833, and won a war with Argentina over them in 1982. However, Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands, arguing that it had acquired them from Spain when it gained independence in 1816.
While Argentina regularly urges Britain to respect resolution 2065, Britain refuses. Britain insists that a referendum in 2013 – in which nearly 100% of the island’s 3,400 residents voted to remain a British overseas territory – rendered negotiations pointless.
Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s resolution 37/9, which states: “maintaining the colonial situation is incompatible with the general ideals of peace of the United Nations,” and call on Great Britain and Argentina “Find a Peaceful Solution” Malvinas/Falklands dispute.
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