(CNN Spanish) — Santiago Cafiro, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, was assured Through his Twitter account this Thursday, within the framework of the G20 summit in New Delhi, he informed the UK Foreign Secretary Duncan of the Argentine government’s decision to end the Foradori-Pact. Reopening the debate over Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas, or Falklands Islands, as the United Kingdom calls them.
Cafiro added, “Argentina thus complies with the mandate of the General Assembly and the United Nations Declaration on Decolonization. We respect the commitment of President Alberto Fernández and our government to support the Malvinas question as a state policy.
The Argentine Foreign Minister added that the government of President Alberto Fernández has proposed to resume negotiations on the issue of the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands and is promoting a meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York for this purpose.
CNN has contacted the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for comment and asked to see British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley’s tweet.
“The Falklands are British. The islanders have the right to decide their future: they have chosen to remain a self-governing overseas territory of the UK,” a British official responded to Kafirow’s tweet.
The Falkland Islands belong to the British.
The islanders have the right to decide their own future – they have chosen to be a self-governing UK overseas territory. https://t.co/UTpiyJ74LN
– James Wisely
(@James Wise) March 2, 2023
The agreement, which was finalized in 2016, was signed by the then Vice Chancellor of Argentina, Carlos Foradori, and Alan Duncan, the former UK Minister for Europe and America.
According to the Argentine Foreign Ministry, this was “one of the most damaging events for the historic claim to exercise sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands.” For many, the deal offered the United Kingdom more concessions by taking steps to remove barriers that limited the region’s economic growth.