Argentina has a two-year term as non-permanent member of the UN’s security council and could potentially use its position to put discussions about Gibraltar on the agenda.The country’s president, Cristina Kirchner, used a meeting of the council this week to renew demands for talks over the sovereignty of the Falklands.
As both countries attempt to use international institutions to hold Britain’s feet to the fire, London maintains its stance on both Gibraltar and the Falklands:
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “Our policy on Gibraltar has not changed and is consistent with our policy on other overseas territories. Self-determination matters more than territorial integrity.“The people of Gibraltar have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain under British sovereignty.”
Just like in Gibraltar, the people of the Falklands have never shown the slightest desire to become Argentine. Argentina and Spain have a lot more in common than old territorial disputes with the British. Both have troubled economies and skyrocketing unemployment. Playing the nationalist card has always been a good way to whip up populist sentiment and distract from the regimes’ inability to effectively govern. As Argentinian and Spanish diplomats join hands to howl at the British—and David Cameron takes up the cloak of Margaret Thatcher and bellows back—all parties are likely hoping the noise averts eyes from more serious problems back home.[Gibraltar image courtesy of Andrew Griffith]