Buenos Aires Herald
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.
WEDNESDAY. Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and visiting British Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan (here for the forum) sign a Malvinas agreement including mainland flights and economic co-operation.
The leader of the main opposition Victory Front (FpV) bloc in the Lower House of Congress Héctor Recalde yesterday attacked a new deal signed between Argentina and the UK to allow for more flights to make a stop in mainland Argentina before flying on to the Malvinas Islands. The deal was brokered by Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and UK Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan, and provides a framework for restoring frequent flights via the the mainland to the islands on the condition that Argentina lift judicial sanctions against non-Argentine energy companies exploiting fossil fuel reserves in the seas surrounding the disputed archipelago.
Malcorra first made it clear in December of 2015 that Buenos Aires would be shifting its approach to London following years of distrust and conflict during the Kirchner years. Atthe time, the Foreign minister categorized the bilateral relationship with London in much the same way as she did the approach with Iran, underlining that differences between states do not necessarily prevent cooperation in “areas of mutual benefit.”
To make the point abundantly clear, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, Brazilian Foreign Minister José Serra, and Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga all agreed that “external negotiations with third countries and groups of countries will be coordinated by the States Parties of the Asunción Treaty.”
Sir Alan Duncan yesterday wrapped up his two-day visit to Argentina with high-level meetings with Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra and an exchange with President Mauricio Macri at the Business and Investment Forum, exemplifying the improved relationship between London and Buenos Aires.