Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez has expressed appreciation to the people of Chile for their support in her country’s bid over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands.
During a recent visit to Chile’s capital city, Santiago, on Friday, Fernandez expressed her gratitude to the Chilean people for saying that the Malvinas Islands belong to Argentina.
“All the love and an enormous hug to the entire Chilean people and thanks for their love and affection especially to the many [Chilean] women who told me very sweet things and also to all the Chileans who shouted at me ‘The Malvinas are Argentina’s’. Thank you so much,” said Fernandez.
President Fernandez also met with Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera who voiced a night earlier his country’s support for “the rights of Argentina in the dispute over the sovereignty of the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, and over the maritime territories around them.”
President Fernandez’s visit comes only two weeks ahead of the 30th anniversary of a war between Argentina and the UK over the disputed islands.
Earlier this month, the Argentine senate unanimously voted for a measure, known as the “Ushuaia Declaration,” asserting the South American country’s “legitimate sovereignty” over the archipelago.
London has refused to engage in UN-initiated talks on the de-colonization of the islands, instead opting to deploy its most sophisticated warship, HMS Dauntless, and a nuclear submarine to the South Atlantic to prevent Argentina’s possible counter-move.
The Malvinas Islands, located about 300 miles off Argentina’s coast and home to about 3,000 inhabitants, have been declared part of the British Overseas Territories since Britain established its colonial rule on the islands in 1833.
Britain and Argentina also fought a 74-day war in 1982 over the islands, which ended with the British side claiming victory over the Argentineans.
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