Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Falklands: UN has confirmed Britain is not in breach of resolutions

As Argentine president Cristina Kirchner remains in deep domestic trouble, you can expect more silly attempts to distract attention from the utter failure of her administration, accusations of corruption, and the suspicious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman four days after he accused her of complicity in a cover-up of Iranian responsibility for the country's worst ever terrorist attack and the day before he was due to present the evidence for that allegation to Argentina's congress.

Nisman's death initially appeared to be a locked room mystery like something out of Jonathan Creek, possibly as the result of an attempt to make assassination look like suicide; the investigation continues and of course if it was murder there are a number of possible suspects who are entitled to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

Kirchner's woes also include a reference to Shylock from "The Merchant of Venice" giving rise to accusations of anti-Semitism so she has a lot of great and small problems to try to distract attention from.

Doubtless some of those attempted distractions will involve more complaints about Britain refusing to let Argentina take over the Falkland Islands, a refusal which Kirchner describes as "colonialism" although her repeated attempts to claim an archipelago several hundred miles away from Argentina whose inhabitants have voted overwhelmingly against being governed by that country is a far more blatant example of colonialism than Britain's respecting the wishes of the islanders.

The most recent attempt to stir things up over the Falklands collapsed in an embarrassing shambles, after Argentina claimed to have formed a common front with Spain and that the two countries would support each others' claims to the Falklands and Gibraltar respectively. However, Spain denied any pact to co-operate with Argentina over the Falklands and Gibraltar and critics of the Kirchner administration pointed out that the Argentine press release had misspelt the name of Spain's Foreign Minister, calling him Jose Maria Margallo instead of Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

On past form however, as soon as the Argentine government runs into another embarrassment, President Kirchner or one of her subordinates will try to deflect attention by another bout of Brit-bashing over the Falklands.

If, as has usually been the case, this involves accusing the UK of breaking UN resolutions, it is worth remembering that in 2010 and most recently in 2012,  UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has confirmed that Britain is not in breach of resolutions over the Falkland Islands.

He told an Argentine newspaper that

“I don’t think Security Council members are violating relevant UN resolutions. The impression is that people who are living under certain conditions should have access to certain level of capacities so that they can decide on their own future. And that is the main criteria of the main UN bodies. Having independence or having some kind of government in their territories. I don’t think it’s an abuse or violation of relevant UN resolutions."

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