Argentina calls on the United Kingdom to restore air contact with the Malvinas Islands

Through its Foreign Office, Argentina has demanded from the United Kingdom the restoration of direct regular service between the Malvinas Islands and Punta Arenas (Chile) with two monthly stops in Rio Gallegos (Argentina’s Santa Cruz province), which has been suspended since March 2020 due to restrictions, outside the Argentine government, imposed in The context of the pandemic caused by Covid-19.

The ministry, led by Santiago Cafiero, explained, in a statement, that “almost two years have passed since the suspension of the aforementioned regular service, and in the international context where air services have been normalized, the Argentine government is considering the resumption of the aforementioned regular flight service that would make it possible Satisfy both the needs of the islanders and the people of the mainland, especially the needs of relatives to visit the graves of loved ones who have fallen into conflict.”

He added: “In order to deepen the connection with the islands, the Argentine government has been proposing since 2020 to the United Kingdom to re-establish direct regular air services between the Argentine mainland and the Malvinas Islands operated by Argentine companies.”

Likewise, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs across the Andes noted that “during the month of December, the Argentine government offered two humanitarian flights from the Argentine mainland, under the national flag, to the Malvinas Islands to address the situation of the air disruption, for transport residents of the Malvinas Islands who need to Travel to other destinations to attend personal procedures or visit their relatives (especially those residing in Chile, especially those affected by air restrictions).

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However, “the United Kingdom has not accepted these proposals, and the link between the Malvinas Islands and the mainland remains lacking,” the statement said.

In this context, the Argentine government “requested the United Kingdom to re-operate the regular flight from Punta Arenas to the Malvinas Islands with two monthly stops in Rio Gallegos, reminding it that the above-mentioned flight was made in the framework of the Madrid Joint Declaration of October 19, 1989, as well as in the Joint Declaration The exchange of notes dated July 14, 1999.”

“This is an issue of the exclusive treatment of Argentina and the United Kingdom, and in existing instruments there is no other alternative to address this issue,” the document warned.

Besides the claim made by the Argentine Foreign Ministry, President Alberto Fernandez said this Tuesday, while presiding over the opening of the parliamentary year in Congress, that “the Malvinas case should be a state policy”, and emphasized that the country “repeated its search for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the dispute over sovereignty over The islands have been controlled by the United Kingdom since 1833.

In the middle of his speech during the inaugural ceremony before the Legislative Assembly for the 140th ordinary session, the Head of State raised the mandate of the first transitional government of the National Constitution to “establish agreed strategies that will permit the successful conduct of the claim.”

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez and Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner welcome supporters gathered outside Congress during the opening session of the 2022 legislative term, in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

“The call to build this consensus was expressed in the laws we promoted that were approved unanimously in both houses,” the agency quoted the president as saying.

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Fernandez referred to laws created last year to create the National Council for Matters relating to the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and to further delineate the outer limits of the Argentine continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. .

“The Argentine Republic renews its quest for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute, in order to achieve the inalienable goal of restoring the exercise of full sovereignty over that part of our usurped territory. We appreciate all the support from countries, regions and international forums that have been given to us,” said Fernandez. Express it in favor of Argentina.

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