ARGENTINA’s new minister with responsibility for affairs related to the Falkland Islands has sought to turn up the heat as he pushes his country’s claim over the remote archipelago – by accusing the UK of “breaking international law”.
Guillermo Carmona, the new Secretary of Malvinas, Antarctica, and South Atlantic Islands, who chaired the Chamber of Deputies’ Foreign Relations Committee between 2012 and 2015, made his remarks in conversation with the Agenda Malvinas website, outlining the approach he plans to adopt on issues related to his country’s sovereignty claim. Mr Carmona replaced Daniel Filmus in the role after the former was appointed Science Minister by President Alberto Fernandez.
Insisting he was acting in accordance with a state policy framed in Argentina’s National Constitution, he explained: “The Secretariat is responsible for the dispute with the United Kingdom, something that requires compliance with the First Transitory Provision of the National Constitution, and which means the dissemination of our position in the international and diplomatic sphere.
“My personal opinion is that the Atlantic itself is what calls us to think about national sovereignty since it implies its full exercise over the Argentine Sea, the economic exclusion zone, the extensive continental shelf of our country and its natural resources.”
With all such areas, Mr Carmona said, the Foreign Ministry’s approach involved dealing with intermediaries from other countries and with those representing Argentina in forums for international debate.
For this, he said, it was essential to be clear that the framework for action was what he called the “constitutional mandate” which reaffirms Argentina’s sovereignty over Falklands and corresponding maritime spaces.
He added: “But our work is also framed within international law in which we invoke the various United Nations resolutions that recognise the legitimacy of our sovereignty and call for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.”
In the past, the defence of Argentina’s sovereignty claim had suffered “historical discontinuities as a result of conflicting interests”, he suggested.
He added: “It is up to us to take the step and reverse the movements of some political sectors that relativise or minimise the importance of this issue in public discussion, placing strategic issues in a subordinate position.”
Referring to Mr Fernandez’s speech on the subject of the Falklands to the United Nations Assembly recently, he said: “This is accompanied by Argentina’s renewed international. “Brinkwire Summary News”.