The four former presidents of the Government, together with other Spanish political personalities, have formed a support group for the dialogue that calls for Argentina and the United Kingdom to resume talks with a view to achieving a solution to the dispute over the Malvinas.
As reported by the Embassy of Argentina in Madrid in a statement, the creation of this group has taken place after the meetings held by former presidents Felipe González, José María Aznar, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy with the Argentine ambassador, Ricardo Alfonsín, son of former president Raúl Alfonsín.
The former Secretary General of NATO and former High Representative for EU Foreign Policy, Javier Solana, as well as former Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo, the ‘father of the Constitution’ Miguel Herrero de Miñón, are also part of it. and the former Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, Miguel Ángel Cortés.
The Embassy has highlighted that the formation of said group is “in line with the support that Spain has historically given to dialogue as a mechanism to resolve the sovereignty conflict” over the aforementioned islands, which led the two countries to face each other in a war in 1982.
The members have reaffirmed “the need for the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom to resume, as soon as possible, the negotiations aimed at finding a prompt solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces”.
Said solution, they have specified, must be framed within “the resolutions of the UN, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the provisions and objectives of the United Nations Charter, including the principle of territorial integrity.”
In this sense, they have highlighted “the successive resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly that urge the Secretary General”, currently Antonio Guterres, “to carry out good offices efforts, in order to resume negotiations aimed at finding as soon as possible a peaceful solution”.
The Malvinas Islands, Falklands for the British, are considered a non-autonomous territory by the UN of which the United Kingdom is its administering power. Argentina does not recognize British sovereignty over these islands and claims the territories for itself.