Falklands: Argentina attacks UK for ‘dominating seas’ with ‘illegal base on our territory’

Brexit: Argentina to 'push EU for negotiation' says Filmus

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Argentina’s minister for the Malvinas said the UK’s “permanent military presence” on the Falklands was causing a new diplomatic clash with Argentina. Daniel Filmus said: “The UK seeks to dominate the seas from Malvinas. We condemn the statements of Boris Johnson.

“The only mechanism to resolve the dispute is bilateral dialogue.”

Mr Filmus then said, “of the 17 colonies that remain in the world, ten are from the United Kingdom”.

He added: “For us, they have no interest in defending the population of Malvinas.

“They seek to dominate the seas through their military base.”

Mr Filmus was referring to the UK’s facilities in Monte Agradable on the Falklands.

He added: “The military base ignores Resolution 31/49 of the UN General Assembly.

“This resolution establishes that no country can exercise unilateral actions.

“It is an illegal base because it is in part of our territory.”

Mr Filmus then attacked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his commitment to renew the UK’s nuclear weapons.

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Mr Filmus said: “If you listen to Johnson’s speech, I am shocked when he says that he is going to increase his nuclear power by 40 percent.

“This in the midst of the investments that humanity has to make to save itself from this pandemic.”

Today Mr Filmus reiterated his call for the UK to negotiate ownership over the Falkland Islands.

He tweeted: “The only way for Argentina to regain sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands is through diplomacy and bilateral dialogue in the terms set forth by United Nations resolution 2065.”

Additional reporting by  Maria Ortega.

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