EU’s Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas: A Controversial Move
The European Union (EU) has stirred up a controversy by using Argentina’s name for the Falkland Islands, ‘Islas Malvinas’, in an official document. This move, known as the EU’s Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas, has been criticized by Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister’s office.
The document a statement issued after a summit with Latin American countries. The EU’s Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas has sparked a debate on the sovereignty of the islands.
UK’s Response to the EU’s Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesman called the EU’s choice of words “regrettable”. He emphasized that the Falkland Islands are British, a decision made by the islanders themselves in a 2013 referendum.
The spokesman also stated that it would be unacceptable for the EU to question the Falkland Islanders’ right to decide their own future.
The UK’s reaction to the Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas reflects the country’s firm stance on the issue.
Despite the controversy, the EU insisted it was not taking a position on the sovereignty dispute. The EU’s Falklands as Islas Malvinas was merely a note of the historical position of CELAC, a group of 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries that includes Argentina.
The EU has stated that it respects the importance of dialogue and international law in peacefully resolving disputes.
Argentina has long claimed sovereignty over the Falklands, a British overseas territory in the south-west Atlantic Ocean. The two countries fought a war over the issue in 1982 after Argentine forces invaded the islands.
Argentina has been pushing for talks on sovereignty since it pulled out of a co-operation deal signed in 2016. The EU’s Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas has celebrated as a “triumph of Argentine diplomacy” by the Argentine foreign ministry.
The Falklands Islanders’ Reaction
The Falklands Islands government expressed its disappointment with the language used in the EU’s statement.
Teslyn Barkman, deputy chair of the territory’s Legislative Assembly, urged EU countries to respect the wishes of the Falkland Islanders. And refer to them by their proper name.
The Falklands were the subject of a brief but bitter war between Britain and Argentina in 1982. Resulting in the deaths of 655 Argentinian, 255 British, and three Falkland Islander citizens.
The controversy over the EU’s Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas has brought the Falklands dispute back into the spotlight.
It remains to be how this incident will impact the ongoing discussions on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
The UK’s strong response to the EU’s choice of words indicates. That the country is determined to uphold the decision made by the Falkland Islanders in the 2013 referendum.
The EU’s Reference to Falklands as Islas Malvinas could have long-lasting effects on the global political landscape.