Falklands fury: Argentina President hits out at 'colonialist' UK in fresh Islands claim
FALKLAND ISLANDS tensions have erupted once more in recent months as the incoming Argentinian government ramp up their claim over the British territory, and now the new President in Buenos Aires – Alberto Fernandez – has made a scathing warning to Britain stating "there is no room for colonialism".
Fernandez, backed by former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has promised to reclaim the Falklands – or Malvinas as they are known in Argentina – as part of his election campaign in which he came out on top with 48 percent of the vote. As he took office yesterday, President Fernandez reiterated his desire for Argentina to stake its claim over the Falklands while also making furious remarks about the UK. He said yesterday: "There is no more room for colonialisms in the 21st century. “We know that for this task the term of one president will not be enough, or of a government. It demands a medium and long term state policy. "That is why I will convene within the presidency a Council with participation of all political forces, the province of Tierra del Fuego, representatives from the academic world and former combatants.
"The objective will be to forge a national consensus to design and advance the strategies that will allow us to push forward with success the claim no matter the electoral calendar.
”We shall defend our sovereign rights over the Malvinas Islands, the continental shelf, Argentine Antarctica and the natural resources in those extensions because they belong to the Argentines."
The Argentine constitution rules out military attempts to stake a sovereignty claim over the Falklands, forcing Mr Fernandez to pursue political routes toward achieving his country's ambitions.
He added: “We reaffirm our strongest commitment to honour the First Transitory Clause of the Argentine Constitution and we shall work tirelessly to boost the legitimate and imprescriptible sovereignty claim over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and corresponding maritime and insular spaces.
“We shall do it knowing that the peoples of Latin America and the world are supporting us, and convinced that the only possible way is peace and diplomacy.
"We shall honour the memory of those who fell fighting for sovereignty. We shall work for the peaceful resolution of the disagreement and based on the dialogue proposed by the United Nations Resolution 2065."
This is not the first time that Mr Fernandez has sent a chilling warning in the UK's direction.
He told Argentine media in November: “If Labour wins and Mr Corbyn becomes the next British Prime Minister, he can be sure I will call him to claim the Malvinas because they are an integral part of Argentina."
He also sent a tweet to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in late October, stating that he would follow through on his claim to take back the Falklands.
He tweeted: "Thanks to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the greeting. Without giving up our claim of sovereignty, we must work together to strengthen the ties between the Argentine and British people, who share much more than we imagine."
Former admiral and current Labour peer Lord Alan West told Express.co.uk that the Falklands situation proves why the current Conservative Government should reverse its defence cuts.
He said: "I am immensely proud that our country managed to go 8000 miles and recover the Is "I am afraid our Navy since then has been squeezed and squeezed.
"Here is a lesson that we have all forgotten – the final thing that tipped the Argentinians to invade was our removal of HMS Endurance – our Falklands guard ship.
"This made their junta say 'the British aren't interested in this'. The cost of the war was £3.5billion and 255 of our people were killed.
"That's what happens when you don't invest in your defence, you get a war and it costs you."
A Conservative Party spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Thanks to the Conservatives, the UK is one of the only NATO members to meet the target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence. And we announced an additional £2.2billion for defence in the Spending Round.
“The real threat to our national defences would be a Corbyn government propped up by Nicola Sturgeon, with abandoning Trident and the chaos of another two referendums the price for SNP support.”lands, and we only did it because at the time we had a Navy that was capable of doing that.
He also argued that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn could not be trusted with defence.
Lord West continued: "I don't think the military is a priority for Corbyn, I think Labour have quite a good record on defence, in fact since 1945 Labour have spent more than the Conservatives.
"But I don't think Corbyn has any love for the military particularly, and his previous associations with people who are clearly enemies of our nation is extraordinary.
"It seems his default position is to side with terrorists, with people like Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than side with our own agencies and military. That is historically what he has done."
A Labour Party spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Jeremy Corbyn will do whatever is necessary and effective to keep the British people safe.
"He has consistently made the right calls in the interests of peace and security at home and abroad.
“In government, Labour will spend at least 2 percent of GDP on defence and expand our commitment to peacekeeping around the world.”
Mr Johnson has an election of his own to contend with, but it is clear that whoever triumphs on Thursday, Argentina's determination over the Falklands will not waver.