The British Embassy launched a contest to travel to the Malvinas: the harsh rejection of the Argentine Foreign Ministry

The Government categorically rejected the contest organized by the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Argentina, which aims to select university students to pay for a trip to Malvinas. Consider that “Under an incorrect slogan that intends to designate these islands as a separate territory of the Argentine Republic and under an illegitimate toponym.”

Furthermore, he argues that the British initiative is in contradiction with the Argentine position regarding the question of the Malvinas Islands and that is reflected in the National Constitution.

“Clearly it is an activity that only seeks to reflect the British occupation of the Malvinas Islands, an illegal situation that the Argentine Republic has protested permanently and unwaveringly since 1833”, they maintain from the government by reaffirming their sovereignty over the islands.

“The Argentine Government once again reaffirms its sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces that form an integral part of the Argentine Republic and invites the United Kingdom to comply with the United Nations mandate of resume negotiations in order to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the sovereignty dispute”, reads the official statement where the discomfort is expressed.

The proposal, which was disseminated on the social networks of the Embassy, invites university students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay to learn how their “neighbors from the Falkland Islands” live.

Stock photo of the Falkland Islands welcome sign on the pier in Stanley, Falkland Islands.  EFE/Felipe Trueba/File
Stock photo of the Falkland Islands welcome sign on the pier in Stanley, Falkland Islands. EFE/Felipe Trueba/File

Among the requirements is that applicants speak perfect English, be active on social media, and submit a one-minute video where they tell why they would like to meet the inhabitants of the islands.

According to information provided from @ukinargentina, the Instagram account of the British Embassy, The contest will be enabled from September 11.

“This regional competition offers the winners the opportunity to visit the Falklands for a week with all costs covered,” they remark. And they explain that university students You will stay with a local family to experience life on the Falkland Islands first hand.

“The ideal winner must be active on social networks and be willing to share their experience about the Falkland Islands through these channels,” they demand among the requirements.

Faced with this controversial call, criticism was not long in coming and the publication was flooded with messages against it. “The initiative is totally ill-advised. Absolute rejection of colonialism. The Malvinas Islands were, are and will be Argentines”wrote Seba D’agrosa Okita, a graduate in Political Science from the UBA.

“Was it really necessary to publish such a controversial campaign? What is the need to foster division? If there is good intention, the islands are not called that way and if they do not want to mention that place, they could have been invited elsewhere (UK has many beautiful places to do exchanges, right?”, questioned Yamila Fernández Barraza.

The contest, called “Why I would like to meet my neighbors on the Falkland Islands”It had already been carried out in previous years with students from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, but it was the first time that it had joined Argentina.

As the British allowed their Embassy to spread the names of the students who had been selected and the houses of studies to which they belonged, the provincial secretary of the Malvinas Question at that time, George Arguello, sent notes rejecting the contest to the rectors of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), the National Technological University (UTN), the National University of San Martín (UNSAM) and the National University of Rosario.

Argüello said that “the sudden British gesture” of adding Argentine students “It has the clear intention of undermining our legitimate and irrevocable sovereign rights over the Malvinas Islands, especially due to the inclusion of the illegitimate island government as one of the organizers of the contest.”

“We consider this new step by the United Kingdom government as inadmissible, and contrary to the spirit of positive actions with a view to strengthening the bilateral relationship in terms of cooperation and dialogue between the two countries,” said the official letter.

And it concluded by asking the British government to make “a declaration of support for the legitimate and imprescriptible rights of our country over the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces.”

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