Wed Aug 7, 2013 8:50AM
In a U-N meeting in New York, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has reasserted her country's demand for sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.
Argentina has assumed the monthly rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivering a well-aimed inaugurating speech that brought together the Malvinas Islands’ dispute and a strong call for the redesign of the multilateral body. Fernandez de Kirchner urged the UK to abide by the UN 2065 resolution that demands both parties to sit at the negotiating table and discuss the sovereignty of the South Atlantic archipelago. To describe what she called a “new” world order that can no longer be ruled by the Cold War logics, the South American leader linked the struggle of Palestine for a free and independent state with Argentina’s own 180-year row with London over the Malvinas Islands. In that sense, the Argentine head of state highlighted the role played by South American blocs in settling regional conflicts under the “Latin American doctrine”: the goal of consensus in decision-making process. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrived in New York earlier this week. Prior to her Security Council address, she met UN chief Ban Ki-Moon and expressed her condemnation of the recent diplomatic spat that ended with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales stranded in Vienna after some EU countries denied air permits to his plane on suspicions former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was on board. The Malvinas Islands’ dispute is expected to reach the United Nations’ table again in September when Argentina’s president will address the 68th session of the General Assembly, as an effort to step up pressure on the UK to engage over the British-seized territories.