Argentina denounced the UK for the nuclear submarines sent to the Falklands islands
United Kingdom, February 25, 2013
Today, the Argentine Government accused the United Kingdom to send nuclear-armed submarines to the Falkland Islands, violating international treaties that establish that the area should remain nuclear-free.
“We are in a precarious stage of implementation of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which prohibits nuclear weapons entirely in Latin America and the Caribbean. This precarious implementation is challenged by the UK,” said Foreign Relations Minister of Argentina Eduardo Zuain to the Conference on Disarmament of the UN.
The Treaty of Tlatelolco, which implies the prohibition of nuclear weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, is an international agreement that gives priority to the denuclearization of the territory and remains in effect since 1969.
“Argentina is particularly concerned about the possibility, confirmed for the first time by the British Government in 2003, of nuclear weapons being introduced in the South Atlantic,” said Zuain.
“We regret that the British Government has not so far provided clarifications, nor so far has offered information to corroborate or refute recent displacements of nuclear submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons,” he added.
Moreover, Zuain said that the Falkland Islands are one of the most militarized areas in the world, with more than 1500 troops with a civilian population of 3,000 inhabitants.
“This deployment includes the presence of a powerful naval fighter aircraft generation, an important center of command and control, and electronic intelligence base that allows ‘monitor’ air and sea traffic in the region,” argued the official.
At the Conference on Disarmament of the UN, which takes place from today until March 1 in Geneva, Argentina urged to address various issues, including the national claim.