Falklands power grab: Argentina's President will use UN in desperate bid to claim islands

Falklands power grab: Argentina's President will use UN in desperate bid to claim islands

ARGENTINA's President Alberto Fernandez will use his speech at 75th United Nations General Assembly today to stake a claim to the Falklands as part of his country's renewed sovereignty push.

Mr Fernandez, who was elected last year, with former leader Cristina Kirchner as his vice-president, has made his intentions clear since coming into office, declaring the question of sovereignty to be a "matter of state". Since then three pieces of legislation relating to the Falklands - which Argentina calls the Malvinas - were ratified by the country's Senate earlier this year

Daniel Filmus, Argentina's secretary of Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic yesterday hailed them as confirming "the conviction that the fight for sovereignty over the Malvinas must be a State policy that transcends electoral calendars".

In an interview with Argentinian news agency Infobae prior to his speech, Peronist Mr Fernandez signalled his intention to raise the issue, saying he planned to "vindicate our rights in the Malvina Islands".

Mr Fernandez's speech will not be the first time Buenos Aires has attempted to involve the UN in the dispute over the British overseas territory, which Argentina invaded in 1982, triggering the Falklands War which saw Britain reclaim the remote archipelago in the south Atlantic.

Last month the United Nations Decolonisation Committee, or C24, unanimously approved a resolution calling on both sides to resume negotiations.

In his recently published book, Falklands Facts and Fallacies, author Graham Pascoe outlines the numerous instances in which Argentina has tried to use the UN as a vehicle for its ambitions.

Mr Pascoe told Express.co.uk: "Argentina has always used the UN to further its case for sovereignty over the Falklands - it is significant that Argentina has never taken its case to the International Court of Justice.

"As a court that would have listened to the evidence, which, as demonstrated in Falklands Facts and Fallacies, actually shows that the Falklands are British and Argentina has no title to the islands whatsoever.

"By contrast, the UN is more like a parliament where voting follows the political interests of the members, not the factual evidence."

UK Government policy is that the Falklands will remain in British hands for as long as the 3,200 islanders want it to do so.

Speaking last month, Andrew Rosindell responded to the widespread circulation of a picture of Argentina's Foreign Minister, Felipe Sola, wearing a facemask with an Argentinian flag and silhouette of the Falklands on it.

He told Express.co.uk: "It would be sad for Argentina if they cannot move on.

"It's sad for them and their people that they simply can't move on from this issue because they will forever be disappointed.

"There is no resolution to this issue in the way that they want to see it resolved.

"The people of the Falkland Islands must determine their own future and they have done that in a referendum.

"They have made it clear for a long time now that they want to stay British.
"They do not want to fall under the sovereignty of Argentina and they are never going to change their minds and that's obvious.

"So it is sad for Argentina that once again they have elected a government which is playing these political games and antics with the Falkland Islands."

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