Buenos Aires Herald
After Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra denied Macri’s claims over Malvinas talks, the president described PM May's attitude at the banquet hosted by Ban Ki-moon as a positive “gesture”, and insisted on his intention of “keeping an open dialogue” between both countries.
Macri llegó a Nueva York en medio de la reacción contra el acuerdo de la semana pasada sobre el Atlántico Sur entre la canciller Susana Malcorra y el vicecanciller británico Sir Alan Duncan, y pensó evidentemente que un ataque sería la mejor defensa cuando lanzó declaraciones extravagantes sobre un diálogo previsto con Londres que incluiría la soberanía.
Macri raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he suggested May had agreed to a discussion over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands as part of wider talks. That claim caused waves and prompted Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra to issue a sharp clarification, backtracking significantly on the claims.
Una forma de salir de este brete sería presentándolo como un ejemplo astuto de la estrategia del policía bueno y el policía malo. Macri gana puntos en el país mientras que Malcorra tranquiliza al Reino Unido. Pero la Argentina no puede hacer ambas cosas; y más específicamente, tampoco lo puede hacer Malcorra. Si insiste en priorizar su campaña para encabezar las Naciones Unidas a través de acuerdos que parecen apuntar a eludir el veto de Gran Bretaña en el Consejo de Seguridad, debería tomar una licencia como canciller.
Malcorra, however, was less enthusiastic. Shortly after the president’s remarks became known, she clarified that though the matter of sovereignty is a priority for Argentina,“to say that the issue is on the table, and that we have agreed to advance on this issue — there is long way to go.”
Macri had previously mentioned that that there was a chance that he and May might meet in the future to discuss bilateral issues, but that the “there is a possibility to have more specific topics in the multiple issues that we have, among which is the issue of the Malvinas which for us is a priority.”
Malcorra is currently in New York to attend the United Nations’ annual General Assembly and unable to attend today’s hearing, but nevertheless said that “we are ready to explain it to everyone, starting with Congress. We will be ready to discuss, explain and exchange views with those who are very interested in this, who are members of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Deputies and Senators.”
During Duncan’s brief visit to Argentina last week, he and Malcorra announced an accord between Buenos Aires and London over a number of issues relating to the Malvinas islands in a bid to improve bilateral relations between that countries.
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra was a target for much of the criticism, with some lawmakers calling for the government to drop their support for her bid to become UN secretary general.
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra reaffirmed the government’s comm.ittment to the project but stressed recently that “it will not happen over night.”
Victory Front (FpV) senators on Friday petitioned Senator Julio Cobos of Let’s Change (Cambiemos, Mendoza), chair of the Foreign Affairs committee, to request that Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra explain the nature of the agreement. Five FpV senators expressed concerns that any dismantling of the existing system that criminalizes hydrocarbon exploration, drilling and commercialization in the disputed territory without approval by the Argentine state could amount to a concession of sovereignty.
But perhaps the biggest immediate result of the forum came from outside the business world. “Wake Duncan with thy knocking/I wouldst thou couldst” (since we are in the 4th centenary of William Shakespeare’s death) — well, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra seems to have knocked to some effect because she ended up signing a Malvinas agreement with British Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan (here for the forum). The agreement covered mainland flights, the identification of the 1982 war dead, landmine clearance and lifting obstacles to economic co-operation — the latter point could do with some more definition.
Meanwhile, the world is increasingly unsafe, violent and, above all, unfair. In this context, the actions of ministers Susana Malcorra and Patricia Bullrich would be hilarious if they were not officials with unlimited power.