Argentine President reiterates sovereignty claim to Falkland islands at UNGA

Published On: September 26, 2018 03:00 PM NPT By: Agencies

NEW YORK, Sept 26:  Argentine President Mauricio Macri reiterated the country’s sovereignty claim to the UK-ruled Falkland Islands while addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

“I would like to reaffirm once again the legitimate and not time-barred sovereign rights of Argentina over the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia Island and the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas,” Macri said.

The president, however, stressed his commitment to a “new phase” of relations with the United Kingdom based upon mutual trust and a broad positive dialogue.

The Falkland Islands, or Malvinas, as they are called in Argentina, remain the subject of a long-standing dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom, which led to an armed conflict in 1982. In March 2013, the Falkland Islands held a referendum on the status of the territory, with 99.8 percent of local residents preferring to remain a British overseas territory.

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