The blockade of the Falklands flag ships was ratified by Brazil, Uruguay and Chile
Buenos Aires, January 9, 2012
Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman said he called Brazil, Uruguay and Chile foreign ministers who ratified the blocking flag ships of the Falkland Islands.
These statements contradict the declaration by Britain, whose foreign minister William Hague had said that the major countries of the region had no intention of “taking part in the blockade.”
“We had productive discussions and honest with Uruguay, Chile and Brazil. The three countries said they do not intend to participate in an economic blockade of the Falklands and that all commercial shipping related to the islands continue to have access to its ports, according to domestic and international law, if they carry the red teaching or other national flag when it docked,” Hague said.
“I hope that others in the region recognize that differences of opinion about British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands can not justify the union in an effort to intimidate innocent civilians through economic pressures,” he added.
However, the foreign ministers of Brazil Antonio Patriota, Chile Alfredo Moreno, and Uruguay Luis Almagro, “confirmed that their governments had not changed its position since the adoption of the Declaration of States Parties of MERCOSUR and Associated States on vessels illegally flying the flag of the Falkland Islands on December 20 and that this was transmitted to the Government of the United Kingdom,”Argentina’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Hague spoke of “trading bloc” and Foreign Ministry responded by saying that “these actions fall under the protection of natural resources renewable and nonrenewable belonging to the Argentine people as recognized by, among other countries, all nations of the region.”
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