Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:13AM
Argentine Foreign Ministry has once more emphasized the country’s “inalienable right” over the Malvinas Islands and condemned Britain’s “increased militarization” of the region. “The Argentine sovereignty on the Malvinas Islands and their dependencies was interrupted by a belligerent act carried out by British forces on January 3rd, 1833,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Sunday, The Buenos Aires Herald reported. “[On that day] local authorities and the Argentine population were expelled from the islands, while being replaced by British subjects,” the ministry added. Britain "occupied" the Malvinas islands in 1833 and has since called them the Falklands, while the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization formally considers the islands a colony waiting to be decolonized. Argentine Foreign Ministry also condemned London’s refusal to sit at the negotiating table over the Malvinas dispute “despite Argentina’s permanent will to negotiate” and in total disregard for the International community’s call for engagement on the issue. The ministry added the British government is worsening the situation by “illicit exploitation” of natural resources and increased militarization in the region. “Not only they maintain a colonial situation, but they insist on an endless amount of illegal acts through the illicit exploitation of Argentine renewable and non renewable natural resources, as it consolidates an increasing militarization in the South Atlantic that is offensive to the entire region,” the ministry said. AMR/MA/HE