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Argentine president Javier Milei says he wants the Falkland Islands back and Brazil speaks out on the issue

Written by Rafaela Fabris
Published 29/05/2024 às 13:48
Argentine president Javier Milei says he wants the Falkland Islands back and Brazil speaks out on the issue
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Argentine President Javier Milei declared that he wants to regain sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. This topic, which is a sensitive and unifying issue for Argentines, generated a response from Brazil, which reaffirmed its support for Argentina in the dispute.

In a moment of military strengthening with the acquisition of F-16 fighter jets from Denmark, Argentine president Javier Milei stated that he wants the Falkland Islands back. This statement rekindles a historical theme between Argentina and the United Kingdom.

Brazil, maintaining its historical position, reaffirms its support for Argentina's legitimate rights over the Falkland Islands, despite the political difference between the governments of the two countries.

Lost to the United Kingdom in a war in 1982, the Falkland Islands are seen as a symbol of national pride for Argentina

The Falkland Islands, known as the Falklands to the British, are a sensitive issue for Argentina. Lost to the United Kingdom in a war in 1982, the islands are seen as a symbol of national pride and are constantly defended by different Argentine governments.

In a recent statement, President Javier Milei reaffirmed his desire to recover the islands. In an interview with the newspaper “La Nación“, Milei said: “We had a war that we lost and we have to make every effort to recover the islands through diplomatic channels. Obviously I will defend the Falklands.”

The United Kingdom's position remains firm in defense of the right to self-determination of the islanders, who prefer to remain under British rule.

Historically, the dispute over the Falkland Islands began in the 1520th century and still generates friction today. Argentina considers islands to be part of its territory, based on the discovery by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan in 1592. The United Kingdom, on the other hand, claims that the discovery was made by John Davis in XNUMX.

During the Falklands War in 1982, Argentina, under a military junta, believed that the United Kingdom would not fight a war so far away. However, the United Kingdom envied a powerful naval fleet, resulting in a 74-day war that left 255 British and 649 Argentine casualties, with a British victory.

Brazil, although officially neutral during the war, offered logistical support to Argentina

Brazil, although officially neutral during the war, offered logistical support to Argentina and mediated peace negotiations. Today, Brazil maintains its support for Argentina's claim. In an official note, Itamaraty reaffirmed: “Brazil reaffirms its support for Argentina's legitimate rights in the sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and peripheral maritime spaces.”

Despite political differences between the governments of Brazil and Argentina, both South American countries agree on the issue of decolonization of the Falkland Islands. A note from Itamaraty highlights the need for an environment of trust for the resumption of bilateral negotiations, as recommended by UN resolutions.

This ongoing dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands remains a point of tension, with Brazil reiterating its support for Argentina. Javier Milei's statement reignites a historic debate, showing that the issue of the Falkland Islands is still an issue Important topic and delicate in international politics.

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