John Kerry should be challenged over the Falkland Islands
By failing to support the Falkland Islanders’ right to determination the U.S. is on the wrong side of history, and William Hague should use every opportunity to remind his American counterpart of this
John Kerry should feel embarrassed when he visits London during his first overseas trip as the new U.S. Secretary of State. Instead of backing British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and the right of the Islanders to determine their own future, the U.S. has sided with Argentina by supporting their repeated calls for a negotiated settlement over the Islands.
To make matters worse, the U.S. State Department has refused to say that it will recognise the outcome of the upcoming referendum. This policy plays right into the hands of Argentina and makes a mockery of the Anglo-American ‘Special Relationship’.
When the Falkland Islanders go to the polls next month it will be a historic opportunity to express, in a clear and democratic way, their right to self-determination -- a principle on which America was founded and in which most Americans believe. It is shocking to think that President Obama, the leader of the free world, will not back the freedom of the Falkland Islanders.
When William Hague meets John Kerry next week the Falkland Islands should be at the top of the agenda. William Hague should expect nothing less from John Kerry than a public commitment that the U.S. will recognise the outcome of the referendum.
By failing to support the Falkland Islanders’ right to determination the U.S. is on the wrong side of history, and William Hague should use every opportunity to remind his American counterpart of this.
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