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Argentina FM thanks Abbas for support in island dispute
Published Monday 03/01/2011 (updated) 04/01/2011 16:57
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Argentine Foreign Affairs Minister on Sunday thanked President Mahmoud Abbas for his support in the country's dispute over the Malvinas Islands, occupied by British forces in 1833.

Marking the 178th anniversary of the islands' occupation on Monday, the Argentinian representative to the Palestinian Authority pointed to similarities between the Malvinas Islands and Palestine.

Both countries were under unfair and anachronistic occupation, the Ramallah-based office said, and both cases revealed double standards in the implementation of UN resolutions.

Further, foreign powers were exploiting the resources of both territories, the representative office said.

The Argentine government said in a statement that while Argentina and the UK have entered provisional understandings on practical issues relating to the territory, the UK refuses to address the question of sovereignty and continues to commit violations in the area.

"These unlawful unilateral acts by the United Kingdom include exploitation and exploration activities with regard to renewable and non-renewable natural resources as well as military exercises, involving the firing of missiles from the Malvinas Islands," the government said.

Argentina expressed its willingness to resume bilateral negotiations with the UK "in order to find a definitive solution to the sovereignty dispute and putting an end to this anachronistic colonial situation that is inconsistent with the evolution of the modern world."

Argentina recently announced its recognition of Palestinian state, joining several other Latin American countries including Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador.
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1 ) Deir Yassin / Palestine/France
04/01/2011 00:01
Viva Argentina ! The Argentine Foreign Minister H?ctor Timerman is Jewish and the son of Jacobo Timerman, imprisoned and tortured during the dictatorship. He was expulsed to Israel, wrote a great book on the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, "The longest War", left Israel, and returned HOME to Argentina in 1984 after the end of "The Dirty War". Timerman and Lieberman, what a moral difference !

2 ) Sergio / Brazil
04/01/2011 03:07
Where is Malvinas Islands? cant find on any map.

3 ) r cummings / uk
04/01/2011 13:56
Unfortunately for the Argies, the British claim to the Falklands predates the Argentinian one. The union flag was raised where none had stood before. They are welcome to try their luck in an international court anytime but I doubt they would risk early legal rejection of their claim. The Falklands bear no comparison to the West Bank. Israel, as the Occupying Power, has no legal claims on Palestinian sovereign territory. Also, the Falklanders want to be British but are at least free to choose.

4 ) dak / usa
13/01/2011 17:30
To r cummings/uk Since there was never a Palestinian nation what is "Palestinian sovereign territory"? Also does your territory theory apply to the Hashemite claims to Mecca and Medina based on Saudi conquest in the 1920's?

5 ) S Alekman / United States
13/01/2011 22:09
Contrary to R. Cummings assertion, there was no flag over the West Bank before Israel came in 1967. The (Trans)Jordanians took it by war in 1949. Before that it was intended for a Palestinian state but the Arabs did not accept the UN decision to declare a state. They wanted all of Palestine. The British Mandate, League of Nations, Turkey, treaties of SanRemo and Sevres and UN approved, was the sovereign in Palestine before TransJordan invaded.
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