The National Council for Related Affairs on Issues Concerning the South Atlantic (CASUR) was created in 1999 with the aim of building a pluralistic space at the highest institutional level that contributes to generating the necessary political and social consensus for the design and implementation of state policies whose purpose is to enact the full exercise of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands and Georgia South and South Sandwich Islands and corresponding offshore and insular areas.
in conversation with Radio UniversityFacundo Rodriguez, coordinator of the South Atlantic Advisory Council of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, indicated that the council consists of four retired ambassadors and a minister, while the coordination was attended by five historians and two interns, who are in charge of analyzing all documents related to the subject.
“We came to analyze documentation from the sixteenth century onwards, making continuous collections, studies and analyses. Most of the material is written on paper or is a copy of other documents taken from the archives when it comes from abroad, so our idea is to digitize all this material for easier access, Plus keep a backup in case any possibility occurs,” he explained.
When asked about the current state of the Malvinas case, Rodriguez noted that it is “the same as it was 190 years ago.” “In 1833, the United Kingdom decided to use force to expel part of the Argentine population and authorities, violating the international rights of that time. Our country never agreed to this British abstraction: despite the different types of government, we have always opposed it, even in times of dictatorship ” .
Likewise, he stressed that Argentina in a state of “decolonization” does not go unnoticed by the United Nations, which asks our country, together with the United Kingdom, to negotiate a solution to the dispute over sovereignty over the islands in order to end the conflict. “From 1982 onwards, the United Kingdom decided to adopt a position of total intransigence, avoiding sitting down to negotiate with Argentina over sovereignty, which it did for 17 years in all aspects relating to the Malvinas Islands. However, from 1982 to 1989 there were no relations diplomacy, and once it was re-established, along with bilateral relations, this was done under the umbrella of sovereignty, but there is nothing to be said in favor of the legal position of any of the parties. contemplation.
However, Rodríguez asserted that Argentina did not lose economic rights or maritime space to the islands, but that the nation demanded the “effective exercise of sovereignty” because, while the occupation of the United Kingdom continues, “it cannot be exercised”. He defined, “We have the right to explore and exploit the natural resources of lands that the UK is currently illegally exploiting.”
Despite this situation, the international community’s response to Argentina’s continued claim is strong and comprehensive. “We have support from Mercosur, CELAC, the Organization of American States, the Group of 77 and China, and from Arab and African countries. The community supports the Argentine position or a peaceful solution to the controversy: support is strengthened in every field, both bilaterally and multilaterally.