Argentina’s Position on Malvinas
Published: February 8, 2012
To the Editor:
In “Prince’s Posting in Falklands Revives Ire Before Anniversary” (news article, Feb. 1), you say aides to Argentina’s president have warned that “Argentine forces could mount a new attack to seize the islands.” The repeated calls made by our president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to negotiate a peaceful settlement of this sovereignty dispute rules out this reckless assumption.
Argentina inherited the islands from Spain. Britain took them by force in 1833. Argentina has always claimed these islands, which we call the Malvinas, in a peaceful manner. But it was only in 1982 that a military dictatorship tried to recover them by force; this decision was not made by the Argentine people.
The Malvinas conflict left nearly 700 Argentines dead, while during that dictatorship there were 30,000 “disappeared.” My country is currently prosecuting and convicting the perpetrators of these crimes in civilian courts.
After the return to democracy, neither our government nor the people want, nor can they imagine, a situation like that which took place in 1982. Likewise, a diplomatic and peaceful path for the “Malvinas Islands Question” is enshrined in the 1994 Constitution.
Ambassador of Argentina to the United States
Washington, Feb. 2, 2012