How Argentina misled the UN in 1964 – and still does
by Graham Pascoe and Peter Pepper © 2012
Since the 1960s Falkland Islanders have faced efforts by Argentina to promote its claim to the Falkland Islands – efforts which culminated in the Argentine invasion in 1982. The current “wave” of intense Argentine pressure began with the foundation of an official pressure group inside the Argentine Congress, “Observatorio Parlamentario – Cuestión Malvinas”, in June 2006. In 2007 the “Observatorio” distributed grossly erroneous pamphlets on the Falklands to Argentine schools, containing much of the false history Argentina also presents to the United Nations. This document examines twelve key points presented by Argentina to the UN and exposes the truth behind their false claims. Please click here to download the full report: False Falklands History (pdf)
Please note: This version dated 23 May 2012 supersedes all previous versions.
Historia falsa sobre las Falklands/Malvinas ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas
Cómo la Argentina engañó a la ONU en 1964 – y sigue haciéndolo ©2012 por Graham Pascoe y Peter Pepper
Desde la década del 60, los pobladores de las Islas Falkland han sido víctimas de los esfuerzos de la Argentina para promover su reclamo de soberanía sobre las islas – esfuerzos que culminaron en la invasión argentina en 1982. La oleada actual de intensa presión argentina comenzó con el establecimiento de un grupo de presión oficial dentro del Congreso argentino, el “Observatorio Parlamentario – Cuestión Malvinas” en junio de 2006. En el 2007 el “Observatorio” distribuyó folletos gravemente erróneos sobre las Falklands a colegios argentinos. Estos folletos contenían gran parte de la historia falsa que la Argentina también presenta ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas. Hacer click aqui: Historia Falsa (pdf)
Getting it right: the real history of the Falklands/Malvinas
A reply to the Argentine seminar of 3 December 2007
by Graham Pascoe and Peter Pepper © 2008
On 3 December 2007 a seminar entitled “Argentine Rights and Sovereignty”, organised by the Argentine Embassy, was held at the London School of Economics, at which the Argentine claim to the Falkland Islands was publicly presented in Britain for the first time.
The claim to the Falkland Islands is now a significant element in Argentine foreign policy, though as we shall demonstrate below, there have been long periods when Argentine governments accepted that the islands were British. The Argentine claim has been presented annually only since 1945, when it was mentioned at the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco, in a single sentence on Argentine territories (without mentioning the Falklands by name); since 1964 the annual Argentine statements of the claim at the United Nations have been much more extensive.
However, those statements, like Argentine books, leaflets, and letters to British MPs, contain many important omissions and some extremely serious historical errors. This booklet addresses the most serious of those omissions and errors, and briefly recounts the true history of the Falkland Islands and the Falklands dispute. Please click here to download the full report: Getting It Right (pdf)