The Government rejected the launch of missiles in the Falkland Islands

The Argentine government rejected new missile launches carried out by the United Kingdom in the Malvinas Islands, and pointed out that “peace is the only way to recover the exercise of sovereignty” in the archipelago.

“The base and the disproportionate British military presence in the South Atlantic in no way has a defensive sense, since Argentina has reiterated that the only way to recover the exercise of sovereignty is peace, dialogue, diplomacy and compliance. of international law, “said the Secretary of the Foreign Ministry for Malvinas, Antarctica and the South Atlantic, Daniel Filmus, rejecting the launch of missiles in the area.

In a press release, he stated that “the main objective of the military presence is to ensure British access and control of Antarctica, the bi-oceanic corridor between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and to ensure that the United Kingdom can continue to exploit the natural resources of all that region ”.

In parallel, he recalled that “as President Alberto Fernández pointed out in his last speech on March 1 in the National Congress, it is time for bilateral dialogue to recover the exercise of sovereignty in the Malvinas Islands in the terms of Resolution 2065 of the United Nations, and there is no more room for colonialism in the 21st century ””.

The statement issued by the Argentine Foreign Ministry maintains that the United Kingdom “began military exercises in illegally occupied Argentine territory between April 26 and 28, which include the launch of Rapier missiles from the Malvinas Islands.”

“These maneuvers – it is said – constitute an unjustified show of force and once again ignore the calls of the numerous resolutions of the United Nations and other international organizations, which urge both Argentina and the United Kingdom to resume negotiations, in order to find a peaceful and definitive solution to the sovereignty dispute that involves both countries in the Question of the Malvinas Islands. “

It also mentions that Argentina “has denounced the situation to the Secretary General of the United Nations and to the International Maritime Organization.” “These military maneuvers demonstrate, once again, that the illegitimate occupation of Malvinas is the excuse for the establishment of a disproportionate military base,” emphasizes the official statement.

In tune, it details that “it currently has 1,200 troops in Monte Agradable and another 300 civilians who provide services performing support tasks” and adds that the Falkland Islands “represent one of the most militarized territories in the world, taking into account the number of military personnel per habitant”.

In this regard, it considers that the “British Forces in the South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) are disproportionate if one takes into account the persistent desire for dialogue expressed by the Argentine Government and its desire to resolve the territorial dispute by peaceful means.”

“This military deployment in a zone of peace and denuclearized, not only affects Argentina but also the countries of the region and other regions, which have expressed their concern through multiple pronouncements,” adds the text.

“In particular,” the statement states, “the military presence, and the launching of missiles, contradicts resolution 41/11 of the General Assembly (Zone of Peace and Cooperation in the South Atlantic) which, among other provisions, urges the States of all other regions, especially the militarily important States, to scrupulously respect the South Atlantic region as a zone of peace and cooperation, in particular by reducing and eventual elimination of their military presence in said region. “

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