2012 – 2018 Referenda & Repetition

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Link – 2012 to 2018

From the year of the referendum (2013), until the present day, there has been no sign of meaningful change to the situation.



What is clear is that the issue of the archipelago’s future at the United Nations has become routine, going through the same ineffective, unproductive, Sisyphean motion.

Argentina issues a statement every January 3rd bemoaning the peaceful ejection of the Confederation’s garrison from East Falkland Island, by a British Captain, in 1833. Buenos Aires then sends a letter commemorating the 1829 designation of their Falklands ‘Comandancia‘ to the UN’s Secretary General on June 10th – annually. Every year, the UN’s Special Committee on Decolonization will listen to petitioners, including Argentina, and the representatives of the Falklands people, before issuing its own Falklands Resolution that the Special Committee will then NOT recommend for adoption by the General Assembly. Every year, speeches will be made before the UN’s Fourth Committee to which, in reply, the UK will repeat that it has no doubt about its sovereignty. Every year the matter is then dropped, without comment, until the next annual session of the United Nations.


Photo by Tony Chater

Repetition, repetition, repetition.

And the rock rolls back down the hill for Sisyphus to start again.

Britain’s attitude is clear. As an Administering Power it has met its commitments under the UN’s Charter, Resolution 1514 (XV) of 1960 and Resolution 2625 (XXV) of 1970 by bringing the people of the Falkland Islands to a full-measure of self-government. That was all the UK was required to do and, as a result, the Falkland Islands should be de-listed for decolonization purposes.

Indeed, the Islands should have been de-listed decades ago.

In International Law, the right of self-determination ensures that only the Islanders can decide upon their future and whether or not they wish, eventually, to become an independent state. That is the concern of no-one else, and certainly not their aggressive neighbour. However the UN has a blind spot; seeing independence as the only qualification for de-listing.

Until the UN finally opens its eyes and realises how futile the process has become, the repetition will continue – year in, year out. The longer the UN takes to see this, the more irrelevant their supposed decolonization process becomes.

This page will be updated annually until 2020 – and probably beyond.


Relevant Resources:

Argentina and the Falkland Islands Standard Note: SN/IA/5602 Last updated: 27 January 2012

Letter dated 27 January 2012 from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

The defence of the Falkland Islands Standard Note: SN06201 Last updated: 8 February 2012

A Report on the Referendum on the Political Status of the Falkland Islands by Prof. Peter Willetts 2013

Census 2012: Full Results and Analysis – 2013

Mision International: Referendum Observer – Final Report March 23, 2013

State of the Falkland Islands Economy Report 2015

Intervencion de la Delegacion Argentina 2015 (Argentina to the Fourth Committee – English Translation)

Falkland Islands Census 2016

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Port Egmont 1765 to 2015