On Monday, the Argentine government condemned the conduct of exercises by the United Kingdom’s military forces in the Malvinas Islands. In addition to rejecting the maneuvers, which it called “an unjustified show of force,” Buenos Aires reiterated its claim to sovereignty over those territories that the European country had illegally occupied since 1833.
In a statement, the Argentine Foreign Ministry expressed its categorical rejection of these actions, noting that they “constitute an unjustified show of force and a deliberate departure from the calls of the United Nations and other international organizations.”
Between the 18th and the 29th of this month, the United Kingdom again conducts military exercises in the illegally occupied Argentine territory, which includes, among other things, the Duke of Lancaster’s Battalion, the Illegal Islands Defense Force, the Navy and the Royal Air Force. , defines the State Department text.
In addition, he notes that the British military presence in the Malvinas Islands is contrary to Argentina’s desire to resolve the conflict by peaceful means, in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions.
He also criticizes London’s refusal to resume negotiations to find a final solution to the conflict between the two countries.
According to the Foreign Office, the UK is in violation of General Assembly Resolutions 31/49 and 41/11 which urge to refrain from unilateral decisions and to respect the South Atlantic region as an area of peace and cooperation.
The Argentine Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Argentine government once again affirms its sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich and the surrounding marine areas that are an integral part of the national territory.
On the other hand, it reiterates that this is a dispute that must be resolved bilaterally, and reiterates its willingness to resume negotiations with the United Kingdom.
The Argentine Foreign Ministry website reads that “the question of the Malvinas Islands, which is understood as a dispute over sovereignty between the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom over the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding marine areas, has its origins in January 3, 1833, when the United Kingdom violated the Argentine islands Argentinian authorities illegally expelled, preventing their return and settlement of Argentines from the continental lands.
“Since then, Argentina has regularly protested against the British occupation, ratified its sovereignty and maintained that its restoration, in accordance with international law, constitutes an enduring and inalienable goal.”
(With information from Prensa Latina and the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
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