Falklands : Falklands MLA Describes South American Visit
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 14.04.2013 (Article Archived on 12.05.2013)
As reported in the South American and Spanish press, Falklands MLA Gavin Short has visited several countries in South American countries this past week.
MLA Describes South American Visit
By J. Brock (FINN)
reported in the South American and Spanish press, Falklands MLA Gavin Short has
visited several countries in South American countries this past week.
message following the March Referendum was simple – residents of the Falkland
Islands do not want to be Argentine. He addressed
to the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner from El Salvador
with the stern message.
"The people of the Falkland Islands have spoken. You (Fernandez) traditionally ignore us because
Argentina wants one thing - to quickly take over the country. Sorry, Madam, but
we are not going to give way and have no desire to be Argentine. Nor do we want
have any other nationality but ours in the Falkland Islands, "said Short
in a press conference.
MLA Short and a young Falklands representative, Stacey Bragger,
concluded their Latin American Tour in El Salvador. While in South and Central America they explained
the Falklands’ point of view, expressed in a referendum held on 10 and 11 March
where 99.8% of the Islands’ population voted to remain a United Kingdom
Argentina has claimed sovereignty over the territory since
1833 and in 1982 sent troops to the Falklands, sparking war and Argentine surrender.
We are not leaving the Falklands and will continue our
right to self-determination for years to come,” said Gavin Short.
He noted that for the Falklands right now "cannot"
think of being independent of the UK, because they have a "neighbor
(Argentina) makes that impossible."
Besides visiting El Salvador, Mr Short and Mr Bragger visited Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica with the same message.
Both MLA Short and Mr Bragger acknowledged that not all Latin American
countries received them and said the situation was very sad.
"Personally, I would not want to force any government
in the region to join us,” said Mr Short.
It was not the intention of this trip," Mr Short continued.
Sources consulted by Efe merely confirmed that in San
Salvador there was no official activity with representatives of the Falklands.
Said Mr Short, “this was a very quick tour through the
region to talk with the different sectors of society and show our side of the
We acknowledge the intelligence and integrity of the Governments we consulted,”
said Mr Short. However, we cannot deny
that they have given credence to the Argentine point of view, built on lies,
without looking at the argument on the Falklands’ side,” said Mr Short.
In El Salvador, the Falklands representatives met with
presidential candidates for the 2014 elections Norman Quijano and Elias Antonio
Saca of the Nationalist Republican Alliance and a group of minor parties, all
right, respectively, said Linda Cross, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in the
They also met with "representatives of the
Legislature," he said, without elaborating.