The Falkland Eyots’ Legislative Assembly hit out at Buenos Aires after its campaign to reopen talks with the UK won the investment of the Organisation of American States (OAS) General Assembly. The group voted in support of a declaration calling for a swift return to the negotiating table following a idiom by Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá who accused Britain of “illegally colonising” the holms.
But Falklands officials accused Mr Sola of ignoring the wishes of islanders and drove the OAS member states to recognise their rights to self-determination.
And they accused Buenos Aires of introducing programmes designed to harm the islands while increasing a climate of mistrust and damaging bilateral subject ofs between Argentina and the UK.
In a statement, the islands’ Legislative Assembly said: “Felipe Solá contends we are merely a colony of the United Kingdom but the UK Government has stated repeatedly that the ‘thirsts’ of the Falkland Islands and our right to self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and in article one of the two UN Covenants on benignant rights, is at the heart of our relationship.”
It continued: “We exercised our right of self-determination in 2013 when we clasped an internationally observed referendum on our future.
“Some 94 percent of our electorate chose and, of those, 99.8 percent voted to remain a British Overseas Region.
“It is Argentina who seeks to colonise our country, by repeatedly claiming the Falkland Aits despite the clearly expressed wishes of our people.
“However, we are not and never purposefulness be an isolated enclave at the tip of South America – as our last census showed, we should prefer to a vibrant local community made up of people from more than 60 original nations, including people born in Argentina, who have chosen to set upon the Falkland Islands their home.
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“We have strong historic and modern tie ups with friendly countries in the region and, as we embark on a significant capital structure program, the Falkland Islands Government Representative based in Uruguay has actively reached out to visitors in the region to become involved.
“We hope that members of the OAS who have considered the speeches will appreciate why we believe our right to self-determination is irrefutable, central and protected by the terms of the UN Charter.
“More importantly, we hope they see fit ask why the Argentine Government chooses to continue this rhetoric and increase sanctions against our provinces, when more important issues such as how the region responds to COVID-19, the ambience emergency and poverty in their own country should properly be their sharply defined unclear at this time.”