Five Chileans did not attend the Southern Integration Committee due to a declaration in favor of the Malvinas

The meeting between Argentine and Chilean officials was not without controversy. The advisors of Magallanes and Antarctica of Chile, the host region for holding the convention in the city of Punta Arenas, maintain that the declaration in favor of the Argentine claim of sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands was “not very transparent.”

3 de June de 2024 11:57

Representatives of the Chilean regions of Magallanes and Aysén and the Argentine provinces of Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, meeting in Punta Arenas.

The meeting of the Southern Integration Committee left a controversy related to the Malvinas Question because five Chilean councilors did not attend the meeting with Argentine officials because they considered that there was a lack of transparency in the diplomatic support provided by the commission in favor of the Argentine claim of sovereignty over the South Atlantic archipelago, usurped by Great Britain since 1833.

Beyond the agreements reached at the 29th meeting of Patagonian officials from both countries regarding tourism and circulation at border crossings, the note of controversy was recorded with the absence of the representatives of the Magallanes region, who served as headquarters in 2024.

These are Antonio Bradasic, Andrés López, Ximena Montaña, Victor Pérez and Miguel Sierpe , who missed the meeting of the Southern Integration Committee and criticized the declaration of support from the Government and people of Chile “ for Argentine sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands , Georgias of the South, South Sandwich and corresponding maritime and island spaces.”

The statement questioned by Chilean officials had been generated at last year's meeting and, although it was replicated in this year's final resolution, it was described by opponents as not very transparent.

The trans-Andean councilors argued that “regardless of the official position that the States of Chile and Argentina have on the matter, we consider that the non-transparent way in which this unilateral statement was included in the minutes of the Political Dialogue Commission of the time is not appropriate and consequently, in the Final Minutes of that meeting, which we informed our Regional Governor at the time.”

The referents criticized “the non-transparent way in which matters were incorporated that were not discussed or agreed upon by the members of the commissions,” which “justifies that on this occasion, those who subscribe to this public declaration, in their capacity as representatives of the Council Regional of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica in the Political Dialogue Commission, we have unanimously decided to withdraw from the XXIX Meeting of the Southern Integration Committee, held in our city on the 28th and 29th of the present.

Held annually, this new edition of the Committee brought together representatives from the Chilean regions of Magallanes and Aysén and the provinces of Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego for two days in the Magellan capital .

 

By Agenda Malvinas

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