Argentina: Falklands Is Colonialism; UK It's Self-Determination
As the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina approaches, the war of words between Buenos Aires and London is heating up.
The Argentines are trying to enlist other Latin American countries to pressure the United Kingdom, The 12 nation UNASUR grouping attempted to portray British rule as a colonial presence.
"The military presence of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in the Islas Malvinas ... goes against the region's policy to seek a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute, and [the region] reiterates its rejection of that presence," was their way of putting it.
UNASUR countries also condemned the oil exploration activities in the area of the Falklands Islands ""It also rejects unilateral British activities in the disputed zone, which include, among other things, the exploration and exploitation of renewable and non-renewable Argentine natural resources"
To counter the Argentinians who are trying to place the dispute in the frame of a struggle against colonialism, the British are retorting with the ideal of self-determination. Since the people of the Falklands wanted to keep British administration, their wishes had to be respected .
British Prime Minister Cameron summed up the British case:"To me, it is very important that we stick up for the right of self-determination. The people who live in the Falkland Islands want to continue with their current status…What I wanted to do in this 30th anniversary year is send a very clear signal to the rest of the world - Argentina and others - that while the Falkland Islanders want that status, Britain will help them keep that status."
Argentina, according to the Foreign Office, was the aggressor by threatening the livelihoods of the population, by advocating naval and oil boycotts and lately by an attempt to scare off companies who wanted to conduct oil exploration. The exploitation of oil and natural resources was in itself an "integral part" of the Falklands right to self-determination.
During his recent successful state visit to the United States Prime Minister David Cameron received grudging's US support on the issue. While the United States remained neutral over the issue of who had the more solid case for sovereignty over the islands, the Americans, according to the British Prime Minister, supported the de facto situation.
"The US position is that they support the status quo, they don't argue against the status quo and that is very welcome," said Cameron. "They are content with the status quo; they are not challenging the status quo."