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Argentina Takes the Malvinas/ Falklands Issue to the United Nations

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman will today lodge a protest with the United Nations against Britain’s “militarization” of the Falklands islands, which he calls a “menace for regional security.”
The Argentine government will denounce the deployment of a nuclear submarine by the British Royal Navy, which is due to be the islands’ waters in time for the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1982 war.
The news about the nuclear submarine comes from London-based tabloid The Daily Mail. 
According to the paper, either submarine HMS Tireless or HMS Turbulent is set to join the sophisticated warship HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 destroyer already on its way to the South Pacific. Dauntless has been labeled “an unnecessary ostentation of fire power” by the Argentine government. Downing Street has neither confirmed nor dismissed the Daily Mail claim.

The Casa Rosada has also criticized Prince William’s deployment in the Falkands. The royal, second in line to the throne, is currently undertaking a tour of duty as a rescue helicopter pilot.

The Argentines have handed the UN complaint to Togo ambassador Kodjo Menan, who presides over the Security Council in New York. Britain repeatedly said that it would not negotiate over the issue and that the UN charter backed its position.

Last Wednesday a hundred Chileans took the streets in Falkands’ town Port Stanley for the first time in 13 years, to ask Argentine authorities not to cut the weekly flights connecting the local airport with Punta Arenas (Chile). The islands are home to about 3,000 inhabitants.

Ships flying the Falklands’ flag have already been declared ‘not welcome’ in Argentine ports. Mercosur is backing President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner over the issue.
In June, the Special Committee on Decolonization will analyse Argentina’s claim over the sovereignty of the Falklands as it has done every year since the 1960s. The Committee has the power to “recommend” how to better enable the decolonization process, although its suggestions are not legally binding.

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