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Argentina’s president to personally attend UN committee on Malvinas

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Argentina’s president plans to personally attend a session of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization on June 14 as her country tries to assert its sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands, Press TV reports.

June 14th marks the anniversary of the end of the war between Argentina and Britain over the islands in 1982.

Ahead of President Cristina Fernandez’s address in New York, a group of local experts, political leaders, lawmakers and war veterans on Monday adopted a declaration to support the government’s move regarding the “occupied” islands.

“Presidents do not usually attend the committee. It will show that the Malvinas cause is a state policy,” Juan Recce, from Peoples for Malvinas, told Press TV.

Argentina and Britain have been locked in a long-simmering dispute over the Malvinas Islands, with Buenos Aires accusing London of ignoring international calls for dialog.

“The UK continues to ignore calls by the international community; not only does it maintain a colonial situation but persists in unilateral moves through the illegal exploitation of Argentina´s renewable and non-renewable natural resources and consolidates an increasing militarization that proves to be offensive to the whole region,” Argentina Foreign Office said in a statement.

UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has declined an offer by Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman to sit down for talks on the Malvinas Islands.

Browne has recently accused the South American country of “domineering” behavior by attempting to “isolate” and “impoverish” Malvinas Islands.

Last week, the national administration launched legal actions against five British oil companies that operate in “contested waters.”

The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization formally considers the islands a colony waiting to be decolonized.


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