Senator Constanza Moreira, of the ruling Frente Amplio (FA) party, played down Uruguay’s claim to the Falklands/Malvinas islands, a day after local media cited an internal report calling for research into the possibility of a Uruguayan claim to the islands.
Local media revealed yesterday that Moreira, cited as a potential future presidential candidate, signed a document calling for the investigation into Uruguay’s rightful claim over the Falklands/Malvinas.
The article in El País entitled: “Hypothesis in the FA: Malvinas are Uruguayan” cited an official report calling for an investigation into the subject.
“What was circulated in the media is a journalistic interpretation that differs greatly from the contents expressed in an internal document as part of the many FA programmes,” wrote Moreira in a statement.
The internal report calls for a group of historians, geographers, jurists, diplomats, and politicians to discuss “in depth” the the disputed sovereignty of the Falklands/Malvinas so as to take a “well-founded position”.
The report highlights the Spain-Uruguay treaty of 1841, which ceded control of the islands to the naval base in Montevideo.
However, in disputing the media interpretation of the document, Moreira added: “I want to make clear my complete agreement with Uruguay’s position of support for Argentina’s historic claim over the Malvinas.”
The document has been published ahead of presidential elections in October 2014 in which Senator Moreira is expected to run as a member of the FA.