Argentinian officials question the city status granted to Stanley, the capital of the Falklands
Argentina’s foreign minister and head of the Malvinas, South Atlantic Islands and Antarctica bureau have strongly questioned the Queen’s decision to award city status to the capital of the Falkland Islands.
Santiago Cafiero said the “ruling has no effect but confirms that the UK is not respecting international law”, insisting Malvinas is “Argentine territory” and the islands’ capital is Puerto Argentino.
“The British Crown’s announcement on Puerto Argentino simply exposes the colonial character of the illegal and illegitimate British occupation of our Malvinas Islands,” Cafiero pointed out. He added that “the territory was usurped from Argentina 189 years ago with a military invasion”.
“This is Argentine territory and we will continue to act peacefully and through diplomacy to defend our sovereignty,” Cafiero concluded in the hashtag #MalvinasNosUne.
Gustavo Carmona, head of the Malvinas Desk, also criticized the royal decision. “The British Crown’s announcement regarding Puerto Argentino once again reveals the colonial character of the illegal and illegitimate British occupation of our #Malvinas”.
“It is an anachronistic display that only shows a long-expired imperialist pretension,” Carmona added. “The decision has no international significance although it confirms that the UK is not respecting international law, by insisting on a colonial approach by retaining part of Argentine territory.”
Carmona stressed that “what really matters is the British reluctance to resume negotiations with Argentina on the issue of sovereignty, which is central”.
Puerto Argentino will continue to be Argentinian, “despite royal graces out of time and belonging to imperial ambitions long gone”
Last week it was announced that the Queen, as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, had granted city status to eight sites, six in the UK, plus the Falkland Islands (Stanley) and the island of Man (Douglas). It was the first time that such civic honors had been opened to British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.