Falklands FURY: Argentina rages at UK over Falkland Islands claim ‘not going to give in!’
Buenos Aires this weekend made clear there was “no more room for colonialism in the 21st century" referring to Britain’s claim of the islands in 1833. The UK claimed the Falklands 187 years ago and won a war over the territory in 1982.
The conflict which last around 74 days left around 649 invading Argentine soldiers and 255 British dead.
Since then, current President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez has insisted his nation will not agree to British demands to give up sovereignty claims for the Falklands.
He added: “The United Kingdom is usurping Argentine lands and we are not going to give in on that.”
But Daniel Filmus, secretary of the National Council for Affairs Relating to the Falkland Islands (known as the Malvinas by Argentina) said he had an “eye toward building medium and long-term policies”.
He also highlighted the different views which have taken place since the recovery of democracy in 1983 by the UK adding “the idea is precisely that it is not subject to electoral changes, to conjunctural swings, but rather that it allows us to have a politics of international diplomacy which is the main element in this case”.
Mr Filmus highlighted the need to deepen the claim on the exercise of sovereignty claiming the UK whom he refers to as “a foreign power” is “taking the wealth of the 45 million Argentine men and women”.
He claimed this move by the UK was “hurting us” adding “it is not fair and it is also contrary to resolutions which say that neither of the two countries can make resolutions on the disputed territory”.
The secretary stressed “it is contrary to this resolution that there is a United Kingdom military base in the South Atlantic and it is contrary to a Peace Agreement of the countries that have coasts in the South Atlantic”.
Coming onto the identification of the fallen soldiers in the North Atlantic War of 1982, Mr Filmus argued they were still working in a “good climate with the United Kingdom because we believe that it is a State policy that began in 2010, which required recovering the DNA of all the families”.
He added: “It is unthinkable since 1982 that there were soldiers who were not identified and today there are still.
“And in this, we continue to dialogue and carry out an agreement with the United Kingdom.”
Mr Filmus also highlighted “Argentina for 187 years has sustained this claim without interruption”.
But in April, the former head of the Royal Navy told Argentina to “wind their necks in” after they alleged the Royal Navy ship HMS Forth had breached a peace pact in the region.
Former Admiral Lord Alan West said: “[They] ought to just wind their necks in, keep quiet and let things move forward in a nice, peaceful way.”
Argentina is clamping down on the Falklands matter after the nation’s congress unanimously approved three bills in relation to fisheries earlier this year.
One of them involves the formation of a new council composed of government members, opposition, veterans and academia.
A second bill extends the country’s continental shelf from 200 to 350 miles, following the framework of the UN Law of the Sea.
The third is a fisheries bill which hikes fines for illegal fishing in Argentine waters.