UN General AssemblyTuesday, September 20, 2016
Macri calls for 'friendly solution' with the UK to the Malvinas Islands dispute
In his first speech as head of state before the United Nations General Assembly, President Mauricio Macri today called for Argentina and the United Kingdom to find “a friendly solution” to the long-standing dispute over the Malvinas Islands sovereignty.
Among other international issues, he spoke about drug trafficking, climate change and invited international investors to trust Argentina. He also endorsed Foreign Affairs Minister Susana Malcorra in her bid to become the next UN Secretary General.
In a 15-minute speech, Macri reiterated his call to a dialogue with London to “solve the two-century dispute in a friendly manner” adding his administration “has shown interest in moving forward in the bilateral relations which should be mutually beneficial.”
He affirmed Argentina “has chosen the path of trust between each other” and “results of the change are being seen, with the normalization of the macro-economy and a mature relationship with the rest of the nations and multilateral organizations.”
“We have returned to the international credit markets and many companies are trusting our country,” he added.
About international terrorism, Macri expressed concern and asked for “further international cooperation for the elucidation and punishment” of those responsible for the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Argentina against the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and against the AMIA Jewish communty centre in 1994. In that line, he announced Argentina will broaden the reception of Syrian refugees, giving the priority to families with children.