On Thursday, Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero said that Argentina officially informed the British side during the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting of its decision to withdraw from the “Foradori-Duncan Agreement” signed in 2016 between the two countries regarding the dispute over the Malvinas Islands. closed. He also suggested that the British side resume negotiations on sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 2065. This is Argentina’s legitimate claim to sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands and should be strongly supported by the international community.
In recent years, Argentina has persistently sought to resolve the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas Islands and has repeatedly called on the United Kingdom to return to the negotiating table in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, but the United Kingdom has consistently rejected this. The Argentine side sees this as meaning that the “Foradori-Duncan Pact”, in which close contact was agreed upon between the officials of both sides on the issue of the Malvinas Islands, has lost its meaning and the question of sovereignty over the Malvinas. The problem of the islands must now be resolved within the framework of the United Nations guiding principles on decolonization.
In fact, the issue of the Malvinas Islands was essentially an issue of the historical legacy of colonialism. The main reason why the British side plays deaf and dumb is that they do not want to give up their unwarranted gains from colonialism. The Malvinas Islands, rich in oil and gas, are considered a “military stronghold” in the South Atlantic Ocean. Some analysts believe that Britain’s occupation of the Malvinas Islands is also an important means of defending the so-called “overseas territories” in the South Atlantic and ensuring their participation in Antarctica. In recent years, from announcing a permanent military presence in the Malvinas Islands, to conducting military exercises, including test firing of missiles, to staging various events in an attempt to change the history of Latin American youth, the United Kingdom has continued to take steps towards the permanent occupation of the Malvinas Islands. This was strongly rejected by the international community. The United Nations Human Rights Council, the Organization of American States, and many developing countries, including China, have repeatedly expressed their strong support for Argentina’s restoration of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.
In 2023, 190 years after the British illegally occupied the Malvinas Islands, 190 years of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands has been a pain in the hearts of Argentines. The last step taken by the Argentine side shows its intention to regain sovereignty over the islands. Sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands should not be a permanent anguish for the Argentine people.
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