Argentinean President Mauricio Macri speaks to the press in Brussels on July 3, 2016. ©AFP
firm on its claim of sovereignty over the disputed Malvinas Islands,
known as the Falklands to the British, following the UK’s decision to
leave the European Union.
“Brexit or not, our claim will
never change,” said Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, addressing
reporters in Brussels after talks with EU leaders on Monday.
citizens’ vote to leave the EU in a historic referendum on June 23 has
cast doubts on the UK’s global position, including whether European
countries would continue to support Britain’s sovereignty over the
islands in the South Atlantic.
Following the vote, Spain also
repeated its claim of sovereignty over Gibraltar, prompting the UK
government to send a nuclear submarine to defend the territory, which
has been at the center of a long-running dispute between the two sides.
Macri further expressed hope that the next British premier would start a dialogue on the territorial row, adding, however, that Buenos Aires was ready for cooperation with London on other issues.
is something long-lasting and we hope one day that we can discuss (the
issue with Britain). It doesn’t mean that we cannot meanwhile have other
cooperation with Britain,” he said.
300 miles off Argentina’s coast and home to about 3,000 inhabitants, the
disputed islands have been declared part of the British Overseas
Territories since Britain established its colonial rule on the
territories in 1833.
Argentina and Britain fought a 74-day war
over the islands in 1982, which ended with the British side claiming
victory over Argentina.
Buenos Aires says Britain forcibly
stripped Argentina of sovereignty over the islands and has been
occupying the territory since then.