OAS urges dialogue 'soon' on Falklands

9th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain and Argentina should launch a dialogue "as soon as possible" on the disputed Falkland islands, the Organization of American States general assembly said Tuesday.

The assembly said after meeting in Peru's capital it "reaffirms the need for the governments (of Argentina and Britain) to resume as soon as possible negotiations on the sovereignty dispute in order to find a peaceful settlement to this longstanding controversy."

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana noted that the Falklands (called the Malvinas in Spanish), South Georgia and South Sandwich and their territorial seas in the South Atlantic are part of territory "occupied by Britain as an act of force.

"Argentina never has stopped underscoring its will to negotiate on a peaceful settlement," the top Argentine diplomat said, while London "refuses to reestablish dialogue rejecting United Nations resolutions and other calls from the international community."

Argentina claims rightful sovereignty over the Falklands, a windswept South Atlantic archipelago colonized by Britain in the early 19th century. Both nations went to war in 1982 over the islands that afterward remained under British rule.

Buenos Aires has ratcheted up its claims of sovereignty over the Falklands after a British firm began drilling for oil offshore in February.

© 2010 AFP

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