British rule of Falklands as bad as Russia in Crimea: Kirchner

19th March 2014, Comments 1 comment

Britain's rule over the Falkland Islands is no more acceptable than Russia's incorporation of Crimea, Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner said Wednesday.

"You can't defend the territorial integrity of Crimea and not do it for the Malvinas (the Spanish name for the Falklands)," Kirchner said after meeting French President Francois Hollande in Paris.

"Territorial integrity has to apply to everyone."

Britain, France and other western countries have called for Kiev's territorial integrity to be preserved, saying Crimea is part of Ukraine and not part of Russia which absorbed the Black Sea peninsula after it voted to join Moscow in a Sunday referendum.

Kirchner added that a March 2013 referendum on the Falkland Islands, in which 99.8 percent of the islanders voted to remain a British overseas territory, was worthless.

"The Malvinas have always belonged to Argentina, whereas Crimea belonged to the Soviet Union and was given by Khrushchev to the Ukrainians," she added.

The Falklands have been ruled by Britain since 1833 and the vast majority of the population of just under 3,000 people are of British heritage.

Argentina invaded the islands in 1982 but they were reclaimed by British forces after a brief but bloody conflict.

Tensions have resurfaced between the two countries in recent years following the discovery of significant offshore oil deposits close to the islands.

Argentina wants Britain to agree to bilateral talks on the sovereignty of the archipelago. London maintains there is nothing to discuss.

© 2014 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Conrad Lodziak posted:

    on 21st March 2014, 09:08:45 - Reply

    Of course Kirchner is right. It makes far more sense for the Malvinas to be under Argentinian jurisdiction. Why not flood the Malvinas with Argentinians, hold another referendum in due course and hey presto.

    As for French foreign policy it is an absolute nonsense on the matter of Ukraine. It is nothing to do with France, the UK and especially the US. Why should the French meekly comply with the version of events fabricated by the US? The US get most things wrong, eg Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Ukraine. Why should any nation support an illegal coup with neo-Nazis at the forefront?