A few days after the 40th anniversary of the Argentine surrender in the Malvinas Islands and firm in its claim of sovereignty, the Government requested before the United Nations (UN) that the United Kingdom “don’t be afraid of peace”. The request was made by Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero when he spoke at the Special Session of the Decolonization Committee in New York, where he also argued that “it is time” for the British country “to leave its exercise of colonial power in the pages of history.” , to act “according to the resolutions of the body of which it is a part”.
Cafiero began his speech at 11:46 in Argentina, and quickly set out the position —already known internationally— of the country regarding the conflict that is still open over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands. “It is time that the United Kingdom listen to the international community and resume negotiations to reach a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute with the Argentine Republic,” he said.
“Today around the world there are still 17 colonial situations pending resolution, of which 10 involve the United Kingdom.”, he pointed out, noting that “one of them is Malvinas”, and realizing that it is time to leave behind the colonial past that insists on keeping the European country, outside international law.
According to Cafiero, “the world cannot remain indifferent to the objective of altering stability in Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the most consolidated peace zones on the planet”, and considered that “the international community knows that it can count on Argentina for this task.” “We ask this Special Committee to once again express clearly and firmly its conviction that there is no more room for colonialism in the 21st century,” he added, stressing that the path is dialogue and negotiation.
Likewise, the Minister of Foreign Affairs assured that “the United Kingdom guides its conduct in relation to the South Atlantic as if the sovereignty dispute no longer existed”, and continues “ignoring resolution 31/49 of the General Assembly that urges the parties to refrain from carrying out unilateral actions in the disputed area until a definitive solution to the dispute is found”; while Argentina has initiated multiple actions in order to restore the diplomatic exchange.
“Is it that there are democracies that are worth more than others?” Cafiero asked himself: “Are there States authorized to breach the UN Charter and we didn’t read the fine print?” And he added that “the international community must act or it will be complicit in the double standard of those who are promoters of the values of multilateralism in a foreign land.”