Falklands : KIRCHNER ASKS CAMERON TO ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.02.2012 (Article Archived on 22.02.2012)
This is a report about what the Argentine President said. A short editorial piece will follow.
KIRCHNER ASKS CAMERON TO ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’
By J. Brock (FINN)
Speculation that Argentina would pressurise Chile to cut off the LAN flight did not come to fruition when the Argentine President, Christina Fernandez made an announcement from the Casa Rosada on Tuesday night. Her speech began with a short history lesson, using Argentine history and documentation to set the scene for Argentine responsibility in the region. She went on to describe the Falklands dispute as a global problem, saying that concentrated diplomatic efforts throughout the region and the world helped to classify the dispute beyond the region.
President Cristina Fernández went on to say that she signed decree 200/12, which declassifies a report by Colonel Benjamin Rattenbach on the Falklands war and ordered the creation of a committee that will read the report and advise the Head of State what materials must be made public without affecting national security. According to President Christina Fernandez the documents will show the illegitimate causes for the Falklands’ conflict in 1982.
Denouncing the 16 cases of colonialism left in the world, she emphasised that 10 of them were from England and drew attention to Gibraltar.
Speaking of hydrocarbons exploration around the Falklands she said that there was no control over the Falklands’ oil effort saying there could be ecological chaos. It belonged to the Argentine people.
President Fernandez went on to accuse Britain is militarising the South Atlantic by sending HMS Dauntless to patrol the region; and has instructed the Argentine Chancellor to formally present a petition about militarisation in the South Atlantic by Britain to the Security Council of the UN. She went on to say that the military hardware posed a threat to international security. Mrs di Kirchner said this was done to show that Argentina was willing to work within the democratic and legal framework of a democracy.
She announced an initiative to help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for those who fought in the 1982 conflict; and said 439 veterans had committed suicide as a result of the illness. A mental health hospital would be set up for Veterans who still suffer from PTSD. It would have another name other than a mental health hospital and seeks to find another name. The facility would also help with family violence and addictions associated with PTSD.
To conclude she said the presence of Argentine delegates to the Committee of 24 and other UN committees would increase as well as delegates from other countries that support the Argentine sovereignty claim.
She assured everyone that what English papers say about the economic side of this present dispute having to do with the Euro crisis was wrong.
Asks David Cameron to Give peace a chance and say no to war. She again expressed her gratitude for the Fallen and said for Cameron to give peace a chance.