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Argentine Foreign Secretary refuses to meet with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Falklands Assembly Members

The Falkland Islands Government deeply regrets that the Argentine Foreign Secretary Hector Timerman yesterday refused the opportunity to meet with the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary and Members of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly in London next week.

Sadly this refusal comes as no surprise to us, as this is not the first time our attempts at dialogue have been ignored.

In June 2012 at the United Nations in New York President Fernandez de Kirchner was offered a letter asking her to meet with Assembly Members to hear their views and to discuss matters of common interest.  Regrettably, she refused to accept it.  The letter was subsequently delivered to the Argentine Government, however we have never received a response.

There are various matters of mutual interest that could be discussed, for example the conservation of fish stocks in the waters of the South West Atlantic.  The Falkland Islands Government’s desire for normal neighbourly relations is nothing new but this most recent refusal of the Argentine Government to recognise our people or our rights once again demonstrates how one sided this desire is.

We were looking forward to a full and frank exchange of views, and would have taken the opportunity to give Mr Timerman some very direct messages on the unacceptability of Argentina’s actions against the Falkland Islands in recent years.  All we ask is that our rights be respected and that we be left in peace to choose our own future and to develop our country for our children and generations to come.  It appears that the Government of Argentina is afraid to hear this from the Falkland Islanders themselves.

MLA Sawle and Cheek depart the Falkland Islands for London on Saturday, February 2.

The Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands