Malvinas: Former Spanish presidents ask the United Kingdom to dialogue with Argentina to resolve the conflict

In days when the tension between Argentina and the United Kingdom has been increasing due to statements by the British Defense Secretary, Ben Wallace, a group of former Spanish officials and political leaders made public their support for the resumption of dialogue between the two countries regarding the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands. The former presidents of the PP and the PSOE, Felipe González, José María Aznar, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy, along with other figures of political relevance, urged the resolution of the conflict through peaceful means after holding different meetings with the Argentine ambassador in Spain, Ricardo Alfonsin. “The Foreign Ministry has asked us to let it be known that in Argentina we have an absolute democratic vocation for dialogue and we know that Spain is committed to the same principles,” the ambassador told Page 12. President Alberto Fernández thanked the former presidents for “joining the claim of sovereignty of the Argentine people over the Malvinas Islands.”

Despite the resolution of the United Nations to resume the paths of dialogue, the tension has been increasing since 2021. Shortly after the 40th anniversary of the start of the war, the Secretary of Defense of the government of Boris Johnson assured that London will “stand up to thugs” who threaten its “values” anywhere in the world. Something that the Argentine government considered as “belligerent threats” and “derogatory references.” “Dialogue is a fundamental resource because it is much easier to resolve issues when you can dialogue between the parties in conflict than when they attack each other, disqualify each other and treat each other as enemies,” Alfonsín said.

Faced with this context of growing hostility, “the Government tries to make visible and generate knowledge and awareness in international public opinion about the conflicts that exist in the case of the Malvinas and against the territories that are still in a colonial situation,” explained the ambassador to Spain. That is why, in his diplomatic role, he met with former Spanish presidents to discuss the need for the conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom to be resolved through international law.

It was thus that González, Aznar, Zapatero and Rajoy reaffirmed “the need for the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to resume, as soon as possible, the negotiations aimed at finding a prompt solution to the dispute of sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces, within the framework of the resolutions of the United Nations Organization, the Organization of American States and the provisions and objectives of the Charter of the United Nations, including the principle of territorial integrity”. The position was indicated in a statement, which is also signed by prominent personalities such as the former Secretary General of NATO Javier Solana; the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo; the former Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America, Miguel Ángel Cortés, and the “father” of the Constitution, Miguel Herrero y Rodríguez of Mignon.

After the message, President Alberto Fernández thanked the former Spanish presidents for “joining the claim of sovereignty of the Argentine people over the Malvinas Islands.” Through his Twitter account, he also congratulated Alfonsín for “promoting the meeting and solidarity between Spain and Argentina.” Along the same lines, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, Santiago Cafiero, stressed that “the international community supports the dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom” and highlighted the members of this group for expressing “their commitment to a peaceful solution and international law.”

Finally, the Argentine ambassador explained “the importance of the possibility of generating knowledge in society about the existence of a UN provision that obliges the parties to sit down to negotiate, and awareness of who is more committed to the peaceful solution”. In addition, he considered that this awareness “can generate demand in international public opinion in favor of dialogue” that the United Kingdom has avoided for years. “The changes are produced from the fact that the majority demands the changes, so this is a very important step and it must be continued,” said the radical leader, at the same time that he advanced the formation of an international work commission “to that we can reflect and make known about the legal conditions that protect us in the claim for the sovereignty of the Malvinas”.

“Democracies never give up the possibility of dialogue, and taking another path was never an option for us: it was the dictatorship that decided the war and they know that very well in the United Kingdom,” Alfonsín pointed out. But he maintained that he is still betting “on rationality, on the vocation of the countries for the norms of international law”, with the hope of raising awareness about the situation in different countries. “But we have to work in this field, demand dialogue and acceptance of what is said by the UN and by whatever international forum exists,” he concluded.

Report: Sofia Moure

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