On April 2, Argentina commemorates the Day of the Veteran and the Fallen in the Malvinas War. This 2022, marks the 40th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflix.
The Argentinian government has launched worldwide the “Malvinas’ 40 Years Agenda”, whose main axes are to highlight the recognition and homage of the Argentine people to the fallen, their families and the Malvinas veterans; to deepen the dissemination and visibility of its sovereign rights over the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, its maritime rights attached to it and the persistence of a sovereignty dispute -recognized by the United Nations which still remains unresolved today.
The United States and the European Union recognise the de facto United Kingdom administration over the islands and remain neutral over their sovereignty. However, South American countries, Russia and China support Argentina’s claim over the Malvinas Islands.
Argentina has pursued a persistent diplomatic agenda, regularly raising the issue at every international forum and continue seeking international backup.
H.E. Mr. Mario Ozarzabal, Ambassador of Argentina to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, solemnly inaugurated the Malvinas Argentina’s Room and a commemorative plaque with the motto “Malvinas unites us” at the Argentinian Embassy in The Hague in the presence of diplomats, Dutch officials and two Malvina’s veterans. Argentinian embassies around the globe are carrying out different activities in memory of fallen veterans. Argentinian authorities and members of the civil society organized a full agenda to instill their historic rights over the Malvinas. A popular newspaper, El Clarin, published a daily letter during 40 consecutive days written by a different Argentinian soldier during their time in the islands.
“It should be recalled that in 1982, at the time of the hostilities in the South Atlantic, Argentina was governed by an illegal and illegitimate military dictatorship, which acted with its back to the Argentine people and departed from Argentina’s traditional commitment to the principle of peaceful settlement of international disputes and, in particular, to the search for a peaceful solution to the question of the Malvinas Islands.” declared ambassador Oyarzabal.
“The 1982 conflict did not alter the nature of the sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, which remained pending negotiation and settlement.
Thus, during the session of the General Assembly that began in September 1982, resolution 37/9 was adopted, which, recalling resolutions 2065 (XX) and 3160 (XXVIII), requested Argentina and the United Kingdom to resume negotiations in order to find as soon as possible a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute, and reaffirmed the need for the two governments to take due account of the interests of the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands.
Throughout all democratic governments, the Argentine Republic has consistently rejected the use of force and has continuously shown its willingness to engage in bilateral negotiations as a means to reach a peaceful solution to the dispute, in accordance with the resolutions of the General Assembly and international law. Such commitment – as well as the commitment to respect the way of life of the inhabitants of the Islands – is even enshrined at the highest normative level in Argentina in the first transitory clause of the National Constitution and goes hand in hand with the respect for the way of life of the Islanders.
Argentina has repeatedly expressed its willingness to dialogue with the United Kingdom on all issues related to the “Question of the Malvinas Islands” and maintains its firm will to negotiate in order to find a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations and multiple pronouncements of the international community.”