Queen Elizabeth II: The Controversy Over the Sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands

Queen Elizabeth II: The Controversy Over the Sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands

Queen Elizabeth IIwho died this Thursday at the age of 96, during her 70 years on the throne, has had a symbolic but heavy impact on the historic dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands.

The conflict over the South Atlantic archipelago, which has marked bilateral relations, had its bloodiest chapter in 1982, when Argentine troops landed on the islands, unleashed a war that lasted 74 days, ended in British victory and cost the lives of 649 Argentines, 255 Britons and three islanders.

“Today everyone is stressing how long Elizabeth II was on the throne. But the reality is that British policy towards the Malvinas has transcended her long reign,” said Bruno Tondini, a professor of international law at the Catholic University and the University National of La. Plata and expert in matters related to Malvinas.

According to Tondini, the monarch did not decide, but supported the actions of the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990) regarding the war with Argentina.

“In addition, the Queen had a particular interest in the conflict because Prince Andrew, her third son, fought in the Malvinas War,” Tondini recalled.

According to Ariel González Levaggi, executive secretary of the Argentine Catholic University’s Center for International Studies, Elizabeth II not only mobilized the decisions of Thatcher’s government, but also mobilized support in those countries that were British colonies.

“The Queen has played a symbolic role as head of state, but with very significant political weight in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth (Commonwealth of Nations),” González Levaggi told Efe.

Source: El heraldo