Sunday, February 21, 2010

Trouble With the Malvinas (Falklands)

A new issue has been on the rise in the last couple of weeks down in Argentina. Seemingly out of no where, President Cristina Kirchner has made the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands) a top priority of repatriation. To me, it seems like another classic diversion move to avoid attention from real issues at home, but who knows?

It doesn't look like there will be another war like in 1986, but the government is looking to get territorial rights back. The United Kingdom, on the other hand, is most likely not going to back down so easily. I think the issue now is less of a territorial and pride matter, but more to deal with oil accessibility.

Higher ups in the government here have said there is a way for a diplomatic resolution to this, which is a good sign rather than a total ultimatum. In any case, this will be something interesting to keep an eye on for the coming weeks and months.

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