According to Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Héctor Timerman, the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, will be claimed by Argentina within the next 20 years.
Timerman, who arrived in London yesterday to begin talks with the UK government about the sovereignty of the islands, told the Guardian newspaper that the ongoing debate is “a colonial issue.”
“I don’t think it will take another 20 years,” Timerman said. “I think that the world is going through a process of understanding more and more that this is a colonial issue.”
Timerman refused to meet with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to begin the discussions, after Foreign Office officials required the attendance of the islands’ representatives. However, Timerman accused Hague of being uncooperative and expressed his disappointment in being unable to discuss the sovereignty issues “face to face.”
“When we sit down we will discuss everything that has to be discussed, not before. You don’t discuss through the media. You discuss face to face. That is why I ask for a meeting with William Hague and he refused. If I can sit down with him, he will know what we think, but he refuses to sit down with us.”
He also attacked the UK government for taking Argentina’s “natural resources away,” as well as “using the people living in the islands for political [reasons] and to have access to oil and natural resources,” which he stressed belong to the Argentine people.
During the interview, he also he noted that if Argentina claimed the Falklands/Malvinas, its citizens would continue “their way of life, their language, and right to remain British citizens”.