Fernández told Johnson that there is no possibility of bilateral progress without negotiations for the Malvinas
President Alberto Fernández maintained this Monday a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnsonand, although both spoke of a potential economic complementarity between the two countriesthe Argentine president pointed out that there is no possibility of progress until a negotiation for the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands begins.
In a press conference held before the Argentine media present in Germany, the head of state reported that the bilateral dialogue included the issue of the war in Ukraine and other issues, but that any exchange was impossible without dealing with the South Atlantic issue.
As this agency had anticipated on Sunday, The bilateral meeting had been requested by the United Kingdom in the framework of the G7 summit taking place in Munich, Germany.
“Johnson thanked me for participating in the G7 and listened to the particularities of Argentina’s position on Ukraine. But at one point I told him: ‘I want to be honest with you, it is difficult for us to sit down to talk about other issues without sitting down to talk about Malvinas,'” Fernandez said.
As Télam was able to reconstruct, the meeting, which lasted half an hour and took place in the Bavarian castle Elmau (Schloss Elmau), began with the exchange on Ukraine with very different positions: while the British maintain open support and bet on a military victory of kyiv, Fernández pointed out the need to establish negotiations between the two countries.
Then, the leader of the conservative party commented on the potential that exists in Argentina regarding agriculture, gas and minerals.
As Télam was able to learn, Fernández pointed out the true nature of all these statements, but as he later declared at the conference, he told him that there is no possibility of progress without mediating a negotiation for the sovereignty of the Malvinas.
Johnson first said that the issue has been “closed” for 40 years and defended the self-determination of the islanders as he does in the Ukrainian case, a statement that deserved a response from the Argentine head of state in the sense that what happened in 1982 it was a war and that, nevertheless, the UN Decolonization Committee votes, year after year, the resolution that calls for a negotiation between the parties.
Argentina is committed to peace and the validity of international law. Colonialism is an anachronism in the 21st century and we must put an end to it.
– Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) June 27, 2022
Fernandez made it clear that the Malvinas is not “another issue”, but that it is felt in the streets. In this sense, he reiterated that Argentina is ready to resume the dialogue in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.
Also, requested the reestablishment of regular flights between the islands and the Argentine mainland with the flag carrier.
Regarding the meeting, Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero commented on Twitter: “Argentina is ready to resume dialogue and negotiations with the United Kingdom on the issue of sovereignty over the Malvinas, in accordance with United Nations resolutions.”
Argentina is ready to resume dialogue and negotiations with the United Kingdom on the issue of sovereignty over Malvinas, in accordance with United Nations resolutions.
Argentina is committed to peace, the end of colonialism and the validity of international law pic.twitter.com/AAOx9U1Sle
– Santiago Cafiero (@SantiagoCafiero) June 27, 2022
“Argentina is committed to peace, the end of colonialism and the validity of international law”added the head of the Palacio San Martín.
In addition, Argentine diplomatic sources highlighted at the end of the meeting that “the relationship was ‘malvinized’ and the policy of (former president) Mauricio Macri regarding the archipelago is left behind.”
For its part, the British government issued a statement confirming the tone of what was anticipated by Télam.
“The leaders discussed the conflict in Ukraine. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of the international community defending Ukraine’s sovereignty by backing President (Volodomir) Zelensky’s call for international support,” Downing Street noted.
The United Kingdom acknowledges that Fernández raised the issue of the Malvinas Islands during the meeting.
“The Prime Minister was firm that his sovereignty is not in question. The Prime Minister emphasized that the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands, like all people, have the right to self-determination,” said the British government, insisting with arguments that They have already been dismissed by the United Nations Organization.