UN / FALKLAND ISLANDS ISLAS MALVINAS

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Talking to reporters following a meeting of the Special Committee on Decolonization, Argentina’s Foreign Minister Felipe Solá said the United Kingdom “is not acting to protect” the residents of the Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas and is instead “acting exclusively to maintain a colony there that in fact is a military base.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

24 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Argentina’s Foreign Minister Felipe Solá at the press conference dais
3. Med shot, photographers
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Felipe Solá, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina:
“England is not acting to protect the islanders; it is acting exclusively to maintain a colony there that in fact is a military base. What has changed? That in this situation, Argentina is not willing to open any umbrellas around the question of sovereignty, but on the contrary places it at the centre of our relationship with that country.”
5. Wide shot, dais
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Felipe Solá, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina:
“The United Kingdom will have at some point to convince itself that it’s position is becoming less sustainable from the view that there is general consensus at the United Nations that the situation of the Malvinas is a colonial situation. And there is no space – as Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez has said - for colonialism in the 21st century. They are supporting a colonial position. They cannot support the question of the free determination of peoples applicable to Malvinas, because those people were implanted.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Felipe Solá, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina:
“We expect that this colonialist situation will have less and less support in the world. And we expect that it will be understood that the South Atlantic should be a zone of peace as established by the United Nations; and we expect that there will be more and more rejection to the presence of nuclear submarines in the South Atlantic.”
9. Med shot, end of presser
10. Wide shot, dais, Decolonization Committee
11. Wide shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Felipe Solá, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina:
“The Argentine government permanently maintains the same willingness to continue sovereignty negotiations with the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, for almost four decades, the United Kingdom refused to restart negotiations with Argentina in order to find a peaceful solution to the bilateral controversy of sovereignty, according to what was established by the general Assembly.”
13. Wide shot, dais
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Pollard, Chair, Legislative Assembly, Falkland Islands:
“I grew up in a country that had its innocence taken away. This innocence has been replaced with an anger, bitterness, and confusion. A country with post-traumatic stress running through the very heart of it. Civilians who have never been able to understand why military troops would wave guns in their faces, their children’s faces.”
15. Wide shot, delegates
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Pollard, Chair, Legislative Assembly, Falkland Islands:
“These people, the Argentina of today, will likely tell you they are a different nation, a peaceful, friendly nations. Yet, they seek to annex our country against the wishes of our people. They still hold economic and environmental sanctions over it. They will stop at nothing to interfere with us, even denying humanitarian flights to repatriate fellow South Americans during this very pandemic.”
17. Wide shot, delegates

STORYLINE:

Talking to reporters following a meeting of the Special Committee on Decolonization, Argentina’s Foreign Minister Felipe Solá today (26 Jun) said the United Kingdom “is not acting to protect” the residents of the Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas and is instead “acting exclusively to maintain a colony there that in fact is a military base.”

Solá said Argentina “is not willing to open any umbrellas around the question of sovereignty, but on the contrary places it at the centre of our relationship with that country.”

The Foreign Minister said the UK “will have at some point to convince itself that it’s position is becoming less sustainable from the view that there is general consensus at the United Nations that the situation of the Malvinas is a colonial situation.”

He said, “they are supporting a colonial position. They cannot support the question of the free determination of peoples applicable to Malvinas, because those people were implanted.”

Solá said, “we expect that this colonialist situation will have less and less support in the world. And we expect that it will be understood that the South Atlantic should be a zone of peace as established by the United Nations; and we expect that there will be more and more rejection to the presence of nuclear submarines in the South Atlantic.”

Earlier, during his briefing to the Special Committee on Decolonization, Solá said, “the Argentine government permanently maintains the same willingness to continue sovereignty negotiations with the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, for almost four decades, the United Kingdom refused to restart negotiations with Argentina in order to find a peaceful solution to the bilateral controversy of sovereignty, according to what was established by the general Assembly.”

Also addressing the meeting, the Chair of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly, Mark Pollard, said, “I grew up in a country that had its innocence taken away. This innocence has been replaced with an anger, bitterness, and confusion. A country with post-traumatic stress running through the very heart of it. Civilians who have never been able to understand why military troops would wave guns in their faces, their children’s faces.”

Pollard, said, “these people, the Argentina of today, will likely tell you they are a different nation, a peaceful, friendly nations. Yet, they seek to annex our country against the wishes of our people. They still hold economic and environmental sanctions over it. They will stop at nothing to interfere with us, even denying humanitarian flights to repatriate fellow South Americans during this very pandemic.”

The Committee adopted a resolution which expresses regret that, “in spite of the widespread international support for a negotiation between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom that includes all aspects of the future of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), the implementation of the General Assembly resolutions on this question has not yet started.”

The Falkland Islands (Malvinas) is a Non-Self-Governing Territory administered by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which has been on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories since 1946. At the 25th meeting of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), held on 6 December 1946, at the first session of the General Assembly, the delegation of Argentina expressed a reservation to the effect that the Government of Argentina did not recognize British sovereignty in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The delegation of the United Kingdom expressed a parallel reservation that it did not recognize Argentine sovereignty in those islands.
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