Falklands FURY: Argentina blows top as controversy erupts over ‘cowardly’ UK war defeat
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Argentine journalist Gustavo Sylvestre caused outrage after making controversial comments on live TV. The journalist and commentator said Argentine forces did not defend the islands and ignominiously surrendered to the British during the war.
He was responding to comments made by former Argentine president Eduardo Duhalde who warned “if things in the country don’t change, midterm elections next year would not take place and a military coup could not be discarded.”
Mr Sylvestre responded: “A coup? They even lost a war cowardly.
“When they had to go and defend the motherland, which was their task, they lost the war cowardly.
“Why? Because they were involved in assaulting the institutions of the republic, and when in the field they had to show what they had been trained for, they didn’t know what to do.”
The UK claimed the Falklands 187 years ago and won a 74-day war over the territory in 1982, which left around 649 invading Argentine soldiers and 255 British dead.
However, Argentina disputes this and continues to claim sovereignty over the islands, which they call the Malvinas.
General Agustín Cejas, head of the Argentina Army, aggressively responded and said: “It was a war.
“And nobody but the soldiers with the rifles in their hands confronting the enemy can interpret and value the conduct, fears and heroism.
“We honour our fallen heroes and those who came back, and all war veterans.”
Other veterans and sections of the armed forces also called out the journalists’ comments and strongly defended the actions of the rank and file combatants in 1982.
Daniel Filmus, Malvinas Islands Affairs Secretary said the armed forces were “allies of our democratic system” stressing that the question of democracy had been settled since 1983.
It comes as Argentina also passed two laws which created a National Council for Affairs relative to the Falklands o known as Malvinas Islands in Buenos Aires.
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Alongside this, The UN Decolonisation Committee, or C24, unanimously approved a resolution calling on the UK and Argentina to resume negotiations over the Falklands.
It was backed by all Latin American countries in the C24 which include Chile, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela as well as several members of the British Commonwealth.
Argentine president Alberto Fernandez has also held a firm stance on fishing spaces around the Falklands and other South Atlantic Islands since taking office in December.
In response, Mr Sylvester claimed that his message was misinterpreted and not directed to the soldiers but to the “generals coup plotters”.
He stressed: “My apologies if I offended you, but I was referring to the generals not drunk of power but of whisky, who commanded that war.
“And the generals who surrendered cowardly. I was not referring to the heroic soldiers that remained in Malvinas and who fought heroically.”
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