PRESS RE­LEASE – 10th June 2017

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

“Na­tional Day of Af­fir­ma­tion of Ar­gentina’s Rights over the Malv­inas, South Ge­or­gias and South Sand­wich Is­lands, and the sur­round­ing mar­itime ar­eas.”

On 10 June 1829, the Ar­gen­tine Gov­ern­ment is­sued a De­cree cre­at­ing the Po­lit­i­cal and Mil­i­tary Com­man­dancy for the Malv­inas Is­lands. This de­cree was signed by the Gov­er­nor of the Prov­ince of Buenos Aires, Martín Ro­dríguez, and pro­vided the fol­low­ing: “The Malv­inas Is­lands and the is­lands ad­ja­cent to Cape Horn in the At­lantic Ocean shall be gov­erned by a Po­lit­i­cal and Mil­i­tary Com­man­der to be im­me­di­ately ap­pointed by the Gov­ern­ment of the Repub­lic.”

Since the be­gin­ning of its in­de­pen­dence process, in 1810, Ar­gentina, hav­ing in­her­ited the Span­ish ter­ri­to­ries in the south of the con­ti­nent -in­clud­ing the Malv­inas Is­lands and the other is­lands in the South At­lantic-, ex­er­cised its rights con­tin­u­ously, pro­ceed­ing to en­act leg­is­la­tion and to es­tab­lish le­gal and ad­min­is­tra­tive bod­ies to con­sol­i­date the full ex­er­cise of its sovereignty. Within this frame­work, the Ar­gen­tine Gov­ern­ment pro­moted the de­vel­op­ment of trade, the set­tle­ment of pop­u­la­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of a seat of gov­ern­ment in the Is­lands.

This process was com­pleted with the is­suance of the De­cree that we com­mem­o­rate to­day, which cre­ated the Po­lit­i­cal and Mil­i­tary Com­man­dancy for the Malv­inas Is­lands to be headed by Luis Ver­net, who moved to the is­lands and pub­licly ex­er­cised his author­ity and ju­ris­dic­tion.

On 3 Jan­uary 1833, the United King­dom vi­o­lated the in­tegrity of the Ar­gen­tine ter­ri­tory and il­le­gally oc­cu­pied the is­lands, forcibly re­mov­ing both the pop­u­la­tion and the le­git­i­mate Ar­gen­tine au­thor­i­ties es­tab­lished there. Since then, the is­lands have been un­der a sovereignty dis­pute be­tween the two coun­tries, rec­og­nized by the United Na­tions through UNGA Res­o­lu­tion 2065 (XX), adopted in 1965, as well as by sev­eral regional and mul­ti­lat­eral fora.

Re­cov­er­ing the full ex­er­cise of Ar­gen­tine sovereignty over the Malv­inas, South Ge­or­gias and South Sand­wich Is­lands, as well as over the sur­round­ing mar­itime ar­eas, while re­spect­ing the way of life of the is­lan­ders and in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional law, is a per­ma­nent and re­lin­quished goal of the Ar­gen­tine peo­ple, as es­tab­lished in the First Tem­po­rary Pro­vi­sion of the Ar­gen­tine Con­sti­tu­tion.

In ac­cor­dance with this man­date, the Ar­gen­tine Repub­lic re­it­er­ates its in­vi­ta­tion to the United King­dom to re­sume ne­go­ti­a­tions on the Ques­tion of the Malv­inas Is­lands, as set forth by res­o­lu­tions 2065 (XX), 37/9 and other rel­e­vant res­o­lu­tions of the Gen­eral Assem­bly, while call­ing for the end of the uni­lat­eral ac­tiv­i­ties of ex­plo­ration and ex­ploita­tion of re­new­able and non-re­new­able nat­u­ral re­sources in the area un­der dis­pute, as es­tab­lished in res­o­lu­tion 31/49, as well as for the re­moval of Bri­tish mil­i­tary pres­ence in the South At­lantic.

EM­BASSY OF THE AR­GEN­TINE REPUB­LIC First Floor, MARDINI Build­ing Rod­ney Bay, Gros Islet P.O. Box BW 467, LC01 601 St. Lu­cia, West Indies Tel.: 458 5900 | Fax.: 458 4993 | eluci@mre­cic.gov.ar

In this spirit, the Ar­gen­tine Gov­ern­ment re­it­er­ates once again its full will­ing­ness to en­gage in an open and sub­stan­tial di­a­logue with the United King­dom on all mat­ters, in­clud­ing sovereignty, as well as to strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion in or­der to iden­tify pos­si­ble ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion in the South At­lantic.

The Ar­gen­tine Gov­ern­ment once again reaf­firms the im­pre­scriptible sovereignty rights of the Ar­gen­tine Repub­lic over the Malv­inas, South Ge­or­gias and South Sand­wich is­lands, as well as over the sur­round­ing mar­itime ar­eas, all of which are an in­te­gral part of the Ar­gen­tine ter­ri­tory.

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