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Argentina thanks Peru for support over Falkland Islands dispute

By Manuel Vigo

“I want to thank the permanent solidarity expressed by Peru to my country,” said Argentina’s ambassador to Peru.

Argentina thanks Peru for support over Falkland Islands dispute

Dario Pedro Alessandro, Argentina's ambassador to Peru (Photo: Andina)

 On Wednesday Argentina’s ambassador to Peru, Dario Pedro Alessandro thanked Peru’s support of his country’s claim over the Falkland Islands.


"I want to thank the permanent solidarity expressed by Peru to my country," he said, referring to comments made by Peru’s Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo, who backed Argentina’s claim over the islands.


"It\‘s part of our identity, there is a piece of colonial territory in these islands that remains in South America,” Roncagliolo said according to El Comercio.


Alessandro said Latin America was backing Argentina’s claim, and not just on the rhetorical level.


He said Mercosur and Unasur countries already have agreements in place that prevent ships flying the Falkland Islands flag from entering their ports.


Alessandro said other countries in Central America, the Caribbean and former British colonies had also expressed support in recent years.


According to Andina, the ambassador said the only thing Argentina is demanding is for the UK to join the discussion table, as has been recommended by the United Nations’ General Assembly.


Argentina has claimed sovereignty over the Falklands since 1833, when the British occupied the islands.


Argentina and the United Kingdom went to war over the islands on April 2, 1982.


The conflict lasted 74 days and ended on June 14, 1982, when Argentina surrendered