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jueves, 3 de enero de 2013

Cameron y los kelpers

Cameron vows to protect Falklanders

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Downing Street has vowed to fight to protect the interests of the Falkland islanders, after Argentina urged the UK to give up the islands in the South Atlantic in an open letter to David Cameron, the UK prime minister.
The prime minister’s spokesman said: “The people of the Falklands have a clear desire to remain British and the Argentine government should respect their right to self-determination.”
He spoke after Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s president, accused Britain of being a “colonial power” in an open letter published as an advert in The Guardian.
The islands in the South Atlantic were forcibly taken from Argentina 180 years ago, in a “blatant act of 19th-century colonialism”, the president said in the letter printed on the anniversary.
Referring to the British dependency by its Argentine name – the Malvinas – she wrote: “The question of the Malvinas islands is also a cause embraced by Latin America and by a vast majority of peoples and governments around the world that reject colonialism.”
Ms Kirchner is trying to reopen the debate about the sovereignty of the islands, which are more than 8,000 miles from the UK. She copied the letter to Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, and stressed that the UN had urged the UK several times to negotiate with Argentina over the territory.
“In 1960, the United Nations proclaimed the necessity of ‘bringing to an end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations’,” she wrote. “In 1965, the general assembly adopted, with no votes against (not even by the United Kingdom), a resolution considering the Malvinas islands a colonial case and inviting the two countries to negotiate a solution to the sovereignty dispute between them.”
But the Foreign Office has ruled out fresh negotiations, saying the inhabitants must decide in a referendum this year. The islanders are likely to vote in favour of sticking with Britain, weakening arguments that the relationship is a colonial hangover.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said the Falkland islanders were “British and have chosen to be so”. “There are three parties to this debate, not just two as Argentina likes to pretend,” she said. “The islanders can’t just be written out of history.”

The Argentine president clashed with Mr Cameron at last year’s G20 summit, trying to hand him an envelope containing documents detailing Argentina’s claim to the islands. He refused to accept it and told her to stick to “proper diplomatic channels”.
Documents released under Britain’s 30-year rule last week shed light on the UK government’s prevarications during the Falklands war in 1982. Margaret Thatcher was taken by surprise when the Argentines invaded the islands and had to work hard to convince her foreign allies to support her in taking them back by force.

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