Argentina pushes for a “new discussion” on UK territory as the Falklands conflict looms.
One of Argentina’s government ministers has stated that the country must “create conditions” to encourage the United Kingdom to engage in “new talks” over the Falkland Islands.
The administration has “placed the focus back on the sovereignty claim” over the islands, according to Guillermo Carmona of an Argentine radio station. The Secretary of the Malvinas Islands’ latest action has reignited debate over the British foreign territory’s ownership.
The Falkland Islands are known in Argentina as Malvinas.
Mr Carmona stated on FM del Pueblo that the UK “excludes the basic question of Argentine policy, which is sovereignty,” from its conversation agenda.
“The [Argentine] Government, in collaboration with the Secretary of the Malvinas, has refocused on the sovereignty claim,” he added.
He went on to say that the UK’s “persistence in the position of asserting sovereignty” in accordance with the Argentine constitutions “will generate conditions” for a new debate on the islands’ status with the South American country.
Argentina “must have an effective exercise of sovereignty in the South Atlantic, in the exploitation of natural resources,” according to Mr. Carmona.
The Argentine government sent a new notice to a British construction company about plans to build a new port in the Falkland Islands last month.
The regional administration of Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost point of South America, requested that BAM Nuttall “regularize the project it plans to construct” with Argentinian authorities.
It issued a court summons in August to the Royal BAM Group’s construction company to produce designs for the proposed new port at Port Stanley.
In April 2020, the contractor and the Falkland Islands government reached an agreement on the project.
It arrived on the island in August 2020, with building set to begin in 2024.
Argentine officials have already condemned the proposed development of a new port.
Daniel Filmus, Mr Carmona’s prior Secretary of Malvinas, called the Falklands Islands administration “illegitimate” in early August.
The initiative, he claimed, would result in the “illegal exploitation” of natural resources “belonging to all Argentine residents.”
Mr. Carmona’s fresh words follow the Assembly of American States’ adoption of a declaration supporting the reopening of negotiations between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland Islands (OAS).
The resolution, which was adopted on October 21 during the organization’s 50th general assembly, claimed that the issue persists. “Brinkwire Summary News.”