“Malvinas: The Board of Directors of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization reaffirms its support for the resumption of negotiations between Argentina and the UK”

Information for Press N°: 046/22

The Board of Directors of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24), an auxiliary body of the General Assembly dedicated to issues related to decolonization, today reaffirmed its support for the resumption of negotiations between Argentina and the United Kingdom to find a peaceful and definitive solution to sovereignty disputes over Malvinas, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime space during a videoconference meeting with the Secretary of Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador William Carmona.

Created by the General Assembly in 1961 to review the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial States and Peoples (Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960) and to make suggestions and recommendations on the progress and scope of application of the Declaration, C-24 held an annual session on the Malvinas Islands Question in June. Its current Board of Directors consists of representatives from Grenada (Chairman), Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone (Vice Chair) and Syria (Whistleblower).

On behalf of the Argentine Government, Secretary Carmona who was accompanied by Argentina’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador María del Carmen Squeff, and the National Director of Malvinas and the South Atlantic Islands, Minister Sandra Pitta made a presentation on the most important aspects of the subject and conveyed the national position on the Malvinas Question as The State’s policy goes beyond political flags, reaffirms Argentina’s legitimate rights to the Malvinas, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime space and calls on Great Britain to continue negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the dispute.

Secretary Carmona highlighted the unacceptableness of the UK’s persistence in ignoring the mandate of the General Assembly and the Special Committee on Decolonization to continue dialogue and stressed the importance of the mission of Goodwill entrusted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations through resolution 37/9/1982, in an effort to restart negotiations with the UK. as a means of ending disputes.

Likewise, he denounced the performance of the UK’s unilateral actions in contravention of United Nations General Assembly resolution 31/49, such as the issuance of long-term fishing permits and illegal hydrocarbon exploration activities in disputed areas, as well as unjustified and unlawful actions. proportional. the military presence on the islands and the periodic development of British military exercises, a destabilizing factor in the South Atlantic region as a zone of peace and cooperation, which Argentina has permanently protested against.

Members of the Board of Directors of the Special Committee on Decolonization reaffirmed their support for the resumption of negotiations between Argentina and Britain to resolve sovereignty disputes, in line with the provisions of the United Nations General Assembly through resolution 2065 (XX) . In addition, the Board of Directors reaffirms its support for the Secretary General’s Goodwill mission and expresses its appreciation for our country’s permanent willingness to cooperate with the Special Committee.

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