Argentina accused Britain of transporting nuclear weapons submarine to the Falkland Islands and thus violating international treaties that establish that this region should be nuclear free.
“We are in a precarious stage of implementation of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which prohibits nuclear weapons entirely in Latin America and the Caribbean. This precarious implementation is challenged by the UK,” said Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Argentina to the Conference on Disarmament of the UN, Eduardo Zuain.
Also blamed the United Kingdom of an unjustified and disproportionate military presence in the South Atlantic, “which includes movement of submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons on nuclear-free zone.”
The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco, is an international agreement that establishes the denuclearization of the territory of Latin America and the Caribbean, which took effect on April 25, 1969.
“Argentina is particularly concerned about the possibility, confirmed for the first time by the British Government in 2003 that the state was introducing nuclear weapons in the South Atlantic,” said Zuain, adding that the Argentine government deeply regrets that the United Kingdom’s ignored the complaints about this situation.
“We regret that the British Government has not so far provided clarifications requested on reported incidents, nor so far has offered no information to corroborate or refute recent displacements of nuclear submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons,” he said.
Furthermore, Zuain criticized the fact that the Falklands is among world’s most militarized territories, with more than 1,500 British soldiers and 3,000 civilians.
Zuain said the important British presence in disputed areas of the South Atlantic concern not only to Argentina, “but also to countries in the region and beyond, as evidenced by statements of the Ibero-American Union of Nations (UNASUR) , Mercosur, the Rio group and the Summit of South America and Arab Countries (ASPA). ”
Argentina urged the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva today began a new session and will run until March 1, to overcome the impasse to which it is subjected for 15 years so they can move different topics including , claimed by Buenos Aires.