Leaders from Latin American and the Caribbean discussed familiar topics on their respective countries during this week’s U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) session. Raul Castro blasted the U.S. embargo against Cuba, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff pledged stronger steps to protect the environment, and Juan Manuel Santos lauded latest efforts in the Colombian peace process. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina on Monday referred to problems like “vulture funds” and the AMIA bombing case but omitted a major topic for her government: the diplomatic tug-of-war with Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands.
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman claimed in a radio interview this morning that Kirchner was hampered by time limits and, hence, unable to mention the Falklands issue. But that explanation doesn’t seem to pass the smell test, thus, here are five other possible reasons why CFK left out “Las Malvinas” from her UNGA address:
- Numerous Latin American leaders spoke out at the UNGA
- U.N. ambivalence over Argentina’s case
- Turnover at 10 Downing Street?
- Electoral indifference over Falklands
- Divine intervention
“(…) not a line, not a word about the Argentine claim over the Falkland Islands, or call for dialogue, as is traditional in the annual UN round of speeches. Most probably the Holy See has convinced president Cristina Fernandez that on the track she was trying to push the case there would be no results. Most probably a more tolerant and respectful attitude towards the population of the Falkland Islands can be expected from now onwards.”What do you think about Kirchner not mentioning the Falklands dispute in her comments to the U.N.?
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