February 5th, 2012
04:30 AM ET

Chavez, allies call for sanctions against Britain over Falklands

The Ecuadorian president is calling for sanctions against Britain for its long-running dispute with Argentina over who owns the Falkland Islands.

President Rafael Correa urged tougher measures, accusing Britain of refusing to negotiate with Argentina about the disputed archipelago that has sparked diplomatic wrangling between the two nations for decades.

"It is time that Latin America decides on sanctions against that misplaced power that intends to be imperial and colonialist in the 21 Century," Correa said at a meeting of the ALBA bloc on Saturday. "I believe that we should go to things stronger."

ALBA, or Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, is made up of various nations, including Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Argentina and Britain went to war over the archipelago in 1982, and their leaders have exchanged bitter war of words in recent weeks, reviving memories of the conflict.

The dispute escalated recently after Prince William, a Royal air force pilot, was deployed to the islands Argentina calls Islas Malvinas.

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  1. Puhleez

    The people that actually live there want to remain british. The only colonialist position is the Argentinian one. If ALBA wants to try and get involved, then the UK should take steps to retaliate.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Malambo

      1_That sovereignty of the islands was transferred to Argentina from Spain upon independence, a principle known as uti possidetis juris.
      2_That Spain never renounced sovereignty over the islands, even when a British settlement existed.
      3_That Great Britain abandoned its settlement in 1776, and formally renounced sovereignty in the Nootka Sound Convention. 4_Argentina has always claimed the Falklands, and never renounced its claim.
      5_That the re-establishment of British rule on the Falklands (referred to as an "act of force" by Argentina) was illegal under international law, and this has been noted and protested by Argentina since 17 June 1833.
      6_That the principle of self-determination is not applicable since the current inhabitants are not aboriginal and were brought to replace the Argentine population (see below).
      7_That the Argentine population was expelled by an "act of force" in 1833.
      8_That the islands are located on the continental shelf facing Argentina, which would give them a claim, as stated in the 1958 UN Convention on the Continental Shelf.(*)
      9_That Great Britain was looking to extend its territories in Americas as shown with the British invasions of the Río de la Plata years earlier.

      (*)Although a signatory to the 1958 convention, Argentina never ratified the convention. The 1958 Convention was superseded by 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ratified by Argentina in 1995.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laundryman

      @Juan Malambo
      1_Wrong
      2_Neither did Britain
      3_Wrong.
      4_Also wrong, it did renounce its claim, and only revived it after ww2.
      5_Wrong again, you're not very good at this are you?
      6_Self determination applies to everyone, not just Aboriginals. Your point is absurd.
      7_The settlers were not expelled that is provable by actual historical text
      8_This augment is nonsense too, Argentina only took over Patagonia (which is where the shelf comes from) many years after the Falklands were British.
      9_Totally irrelevant.

      February 11, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pedro Sanchez.

    The big fish eat the little fish. Is a comment sence . I think it is time for British to reconize , the Malvinas islands should be return to Argentina . The Old Sea Navegations should not claim any ownership from out side of their Nation . The 21 Century Must be up grade it . Thanks .

    February 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Laundryman

      If i can decipher this correctly, you assert that the British should 'give back' the Falkland Islands to Argentina.

      Well Pedro, let me ask you this. How can you give something back to someone who never owned it in the first place?

      The Aregntine claim is based on a set of spurious lies that can be completely disproven simply by reference to globally accepted history and actual historical text. Not by looking at the false history being taught to kids in Argentina.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. beachrat

    Wow, this is simply an effort by Chavez to blow smoke for his pals in Iran, pathetic, yes, all the people I have met who actually live in that lovely place much prefer to be under British rule, even those who are native born South Americans, mostly Chileans and some Argentinians
    Peace

    February 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pedro Sanchez.

    The amvicious threads calapse the good relation ship in between of the Nations . Be clearfield before any reclaimation . Time frame must be set by the communities Organizations . This my freedom of speach .

    February 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      if you have some other 'native' tongue, perhaps you should use it.. i'm not quite understanding either way.. sorry..

      February 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      drugs ?

      February 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Laundryman

    In order to understand why the Argentine claim is so wrong, you need to understand the History of the Falklands. (It was called the Falkland Islands after the straight that divides the islands, Falkland Sound. That name predates the "Malvinas" by a significant margin)

    The Argentine's claim that the British kicked out the inhabitants of the island in 1833 and installed their own colony, this and the fact that the Falklands are 300km away from them. Historical documents show that this is in fact NOT TRUE. The British were on the islands (along with Spain and France) long before Argentina was a country, and claimed them in the mid 1700's (the first visit was in about 1690). They also rely on a Papal Bull (edict) made by the Pope (who was, incidentally, a Borgia... you've seen the TV show right? Go figure). This Bull rather neatly divided the "World" between the Spanish and Portuguese. It was universally rejected by the rest of the world, mainly because you can't give away what you don't own.

    In about 1820 a man named Louis Vernet (Who was in fact French) attempted to set up a colony on the islands and asked permission of the British to do so, in fact he even asked for their protection. Vernet failed to establish a colony first time round and was only marginally successful the second time.

    When the Argentines then landed soldiers in order to set up a penal colony, then the British protested and ejected the soldiers. It is a complete falsehood, put about by the Argentines, that the British ejected the colonists. In fact the British actually encouraged the colonists to stay on the island. Proof of this fact is that there are descendants of one of the families STILL on the island to this day.

    The journals of Charles Darwin also mention the colony as he was there just after this happened!

    Since 1833 the islands have been administered by the British and has had a successful, thriving community based on sheep farming and fishing. The Falkland Islands are very much like Puerto Rico. In the 50's there was a referendum that asked whether Puerto Rico wished to remain part of the USA, they decided they did. This is exactly what the Falkland Islands is doing, deciding its own future by wanting to remain British.

    The British gave up colonialism many years ago. David Cameron was right the only country trying to exercise colonialism in all this is Argentina. They deliberately harass shipping and overfish in order the damage the economy of the islands

    The Argentine's teach their kids the wrong history from a very young age. Perhaps they rely on the old adage, if you tell a lie enough times, people will start to believe you.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    pretty much seems like the locals want to stay british.. are there any local artists squaking about their english, foreign yoke?

    February 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    Here we go once again the white man trying to dominate in anothers world.... And im white! Listen to these words,,,,,,,,;,,,,,,,,, you are not wanted there do you understand GABAUCHO!!!!!!!!!!! Its our! its ours! Go home princess boy, go back to mommy. Stay home. why is it that every time a new land issue pops up 80% of the people involved are arguing over what?

    February 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laundryman

      Oops, looks like Superman has been taken in by the spurious, repetitive lies being told by Mrs plastic face and her Argentine comrades.

      The fact is that the Falkland islands have been British since before Argentina was a country. So to say its a 'new land issue' is complete Papal Bull. Much like the Argentine claim over the islands.

      It's the Argentines who are trying to dominate land they never owned, which is why Cameron accused them of Colonialism. And he was absolutely right too.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Laundryman

    You know, the best thing that could have happened to support the British claim over the Falkland Islands is for Hugo Chavez to come out in support of the Argentines. LOL

    February 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    British seized the islands in 1833,Capt.John Onslow of HMS Clio was instructed to declare British sovereignty in an era of colonial expansion. Settlers from Argentina were replaced with settlers from Britian.
    I do not think that Argentina or its allies would ever let go of their claim.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laundryman

      It is a complete falsehood, put about by the Argentines, that the British ejected the colonists. In fact the British actually encouraged the colonists to stay on the island. Proof of this fact is that there are descendants of one of the families STILL on the island to this day.

      The journals of Charles Darwin also mention the colony as he was there just after this happened!

      Onslow was instructed to 'RE-ASSERT' sovereignty as it had already been claimed in the 1700's. Before Argentina was a country.

      Read some real history instead of the drivel that they teach in Argentina.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laundryman

    It is a complete falsehood, put about by the Argentines, that the British ejected the colonists. In fact the British actually encouraged the colonists to stay on the island. Proof of this fact is that there are descendants of one of the families STILL on the island to this day.

    The journals of Charles Darwin also mention the colony as he was there just after this happened!

    Onslow was instructed to 'RE-ASSERT' sovereignty as it had already been claimed in the 1700's. Before Argentina was a country.

    Read some real history instead of the drivel that they teach in Argentina.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Say It Aint So?

    It`s a new era, to all europeans.....including american europeans, your time is up!! All good things must come to a end.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laundryman

      So by that i take you to mean that most of the population of the western hemisphere needs to 'go back where they came from'?

      So by the same token, virtually the entire population of Argentina needs to go back to Spain, Italy, Wales, Germany, etc etc. Well. If the Argentines hadn't committed genocide against the original populations in their country they would have someone to give the lands back to.

      The one exception to all this, ironically, is the Falklands. As there was no one living there originally to give the Islands back to.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    i have the benefit of part native, part white.

    of course, history was written by the winner, but if the white man hadn't brought freedom here, this country would probably be much like the middle east – people dying over interpretations of god.

    for myself, i'm glad the white man came when he did.. by now, i'm practicly one of them..

    the only ones telling the british to get out are countries other than the falklands..

    February 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    If you wish to be a Brit, move to England. If you wish to be an Argentinian, move to Argentina. Easy peasey. If you wish to be an US citizen, move to the USA. Otherwise, go back from where you came. The Falkland Islands are more Argentina than Israel is God's chosen nation.

    February 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @LeeinTulsa...on her deathbed, my grandmother told of an Jicarilla Apache chief she had an affair with, and fathered my mother. I was 28 when I found-out what my mom had always known but kept secret. I've never felt as if I were an indian. But if I did, I doubt that i would accept a few gambling casinos in exchange for my grandpa being murdered.

    February 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    ...and Lee? You say that without white man, America would be like the middle east...like our own civil war? Like, was God a yank or a reb? he he 🙂

    February 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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