Falklands War: Disputed islands 'must' be part of state policy vows Argentina ex-President

Falklands War: Disputed islands 'must' be part of state policy vows Argentina ex-President

FORMER President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, declared the Falklands “must form” part of Argentina’s state policy”, in a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Falklands War in 1982.

Earlier this year Cristina Fernández de Kirchner released an emotional video reiterating her desire to take back the Falkland Islands, which were relinquished to the British in 1982. The former Argentinian President claimed the Falklands “cannot be left out” from the way Argentina “shapes” its “national project”. In the video, she proclaimed: “To discuss the Falklands is to discuss our sovereignty and our soldiers in a global-political context.

“We cannot stand up for the Falklands without defending our national industry.

“And we cannot stand up for the Falklands without defending the science and technology that give us our sovereignty.

“The Falklands must form part of our state policy. They cannot be left out of the way we shape our national project.”

The Falklands War was a 10-week undeclared war between Argentina and the UK in 1982 over the Falklands Islands and its territorial dependency, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Dr Daniel Ozarow, Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, claims that this could well be bluster from the former President, who would not dare invade the islands.

He told Express.co.uk: “Even under the previous government, there was a lot of rhetoric, but they will never invade.

“They know that they don’t have the army or the capacity to retake the islands by force.

“Even if the diplomatic situation ever reached rock bottom, Argentina's army is totally ill-equipped to mount an invasion or sustain one.

“They wouldn’t be able to do that, or want to, either.”

Argentina unsuccessfully invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, as part of the 74-days-long Falklands War.

Argentinian forces surrendered in June to confirm a British victory that cost almost 1000 lives.

More recently, Argentinian voters rejected President Mauricio Macri’s harsh austerity programme in favour of the left-wing slate which included former President Fernández de Kirchner.

In a shock result for the conservative incumbent, Mr Fernandez and Ms Fernández de Kirchner took 47 percent of the vote, making them the favourites for October’s election.

Mr Fernandez and Ms Fernández de Kirchner’s victory shook Argentina’s brittle economy as political uncertainty ran rife.

The peso lost a fifth of its value as the markets opened after Sunday’s vote and the cost of insuring against debt default soared.

Both Britain and Argentina have laid claim to the island over the past couple of centuries, with the former exercising de facto sovereignty over the archipelago since 1833.

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