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Argentina Protests British Build-up in the Malvinas/Falkland Islands

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 80262
Category/Department: Argentina
Date: 2017-04-07
By: Andrés Gaudín

After a year of complicated relations with Great Britain, a complaint was raised in the Argentine Congress on March 1 stating that Great Britain has been strengthening its military presence in the Malvinas/Falkland Islands. According to multiple UN resolutions, the Malvinas/Falklands, a strategic enclave whose sovereignty is in dispute, should be free of any arms buildup.According to the complaint, Britain had help from Brazil in this enterprise, which in effect breaks the historic alliance between Argentina and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean regarding the dispute over the Malvinas/Falklands. Specifically, the complainants said that Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) used three Brazilian airports between August and December 2016 to refuel at least six flights carrying additional soldiers and military reinforcements for Britain’s network of bases on the islands. In all, there are seven British installations in the Malvinas/Falklands, with their headquarters at Mount Pleasant on Soledad, the largest island in the archipelago. In the ensuing debate, legislators from all parties, as well as Argentina’s top political analysts, commented on the fact that British Prime Minister Theresa May had not responded in kind to the many courtesies that had been extended to Great Britain by the administration of Mauricio Macri.

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