Argentine President Discusses With Guterres Sovereignty of Falkland Islands
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Argentine President Alberto Fernandez raised the issue of the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands at a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the presidential press office said on Tuesday.
"President Alberto Fernandez held a meeting tonight in New York with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, with whom he discussed challenges at the global and regional level. In this regard, the head of state reiterated Argentina's interest in the good offices mission to resume negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom over the Malvinas [Falklands] Islands. Guterres pledged to demand that the UK comply with UN resolutions," the office said.
There is a long-standing dispute between Argentina and the UK concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. In 1982, a war broke out between the countries, which lasted several weeks and ended with the defeat of the Latin American country.
The Foradori-Duncan pact was concluded in 2016 following the talks between Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Foradori and his British counterpart, Alan Duncan.
In March, the Argentine Foreign Ministry said that the country terminated the 2016 joint statement because the pact was incompatible with the UN General Assembly resolution, which recommended that both parties refrain from making decisions that entail unilateral changes in the dispute over the islands' sovereignty. At the same time, Argentina invited the UK to resume negotiations on the islands and transfer them to the agenda of the UN. Later, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly responded by saying that the islands belong to the UK.