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OAS Secretary General Supports Argentine Rejection to British Military Exercises in Malvinas Islands

  October 25, 2010

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today supported the Argentina Government’s official rejection of the British project to conduct military exercises in the Malvinas Islands territory. In a diplomatic note sent to the Ambassador of Great Britain in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Foreign Ministry expressed a formal and energetic protest to the plans to conduct such military exercises and demanded of the British Government that it abstain from doing so.

Secretary General Insulza recalled the resolution approved by all Member States during the 40th OAS General Assembly in Lima this past June, which on the subject of the Malvinas Islands reaffirmed “the need for the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to resume, as soon as possible, negotiations on the sovereignty dispute, in order to find a peaceful solution to this protracted controversy.”

In referring to this resolution, Secretary General Insulza said that “certainly, performing such military exercises in the islands contradicts the spirit of this resolution,” adding, “I hope the decision to carry out these maneuvers will be reconsidered and they will not happen.”

The quoted OAS resolution, which reiterates what has been expressed in previous meetings of the General Assembly, also welcomes “the reaffirmation of the will of the Argentine Government to continue exploring all possible avenues towards a peaceful settlement of the dispute and its constructive approach towards the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands.”

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Reference: E-400/10