Falklands fury: How Argentine ambassador claimed Islanders are FORCED to remain British
FALKLAND ISLANDS disputes have emerged once more following the election of President Alberto Fernandez in Argentina as he vows to continue his country's claim over the British Islands. As the government in Buenos Aires continues to challenge the UK over the territory, one important figure could try and wield influence from the US.
Mr Fernandez has appointed Jorge Arguello as Argentina's new ambassador to the US, a role he carried out from 2011-2013 when Cristina de Kirchner (now Vice President) was leader in Buenos Aires. Like his bosses, Mr Arguello has been a strong supporter of Argentina's sovereignty claim over the Falkland Islands – known as Islas Malvinas in the South American country. When ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Arguello made a shock claim that the Falklands were under a British "military occupation".
In 2011, the Argentine figure falsely claimed that RAF Mount Pleasant military base in the Falklands “has more soldiers than the total British civilian population occupying the islands".
He predicted that the 21st century would be the “century of the natural resources dispute” and added that “fisheries and oil have much to do with this conflict".
Speaking at China’s International Studies Foundation think-tank, Mr Arguello added that Argentina was “working on all international forums” in its attempts to get Britain to the negotiating table, the Telegraph reported at the time.
As MercoPress reports, Mr Arguello has regularly challenged the UK's claim over the Falklands, claiming that the 2013 referendum, in which all but three Islanders voted to remain under British rule, was invalid.
He also claimed that British Forces in the Islands were there to make sure the Islanders do not escape to Argentina and that they were forced to vote to remain British at "gunpoint".
Following President Fernandez' electoral success in October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also met with a crushing warning when he congratulated Fernandez for his election victory.
Downing Street's official Twitter said on October 29: “Congratulations to Alberto Fernandez on winning Argentina’s presidential election. We look forward to working with your new government to continue to strengthen the UK-Argentina relationship – PM Boris Johnson."
But the Argentine President replied: "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."
He also lifted the lid on a post-victory phone call with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before the UK election in December, and claimed: “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.
"Be it Corbyn or whoever, I will always claim Argentina's sovereignty over the Malvinas and South Atlantic islands."