STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA DELIVERED BY MR. NAEEM SABIR KHAN, COUNSELLOR, PERMANENT MISSION OF PAKISTAN TO THE UN, REGARDING THE QUESTION OF THE MALVINAS ISLANDS DURING THE PLENARY MEETING OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DECOLONIZATION (C-24) (New York, 23 June 2022)
I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group 77 and China.
At the outset, I would like to recognize the presence of His Excellency Mr. Santiago Cafiero, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic, who has given a detailed presentation on the issue under our consideration in this meeting.
The members of the Group of 77 and China have expressed its position on the question of the Malvinas Islands in several opportunities.
In the most recent Declaration adopted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Group on 30 November 2021, they reiterated their position on this question in the following terms:
"Recalling that 16th December 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of the adoption of UN General Assembly resolution 2065 (XX), the first resolution which specifically refers to the Question of the Malvinas Islands, the Ministers reaffirmed the need for the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to resume negotiations in accordance with the principles and the objectives of the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, in order to find, as soon as possible, a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, and appreciated the good predisposition and willingness of Argentina in holding negotiations related to this aim."
"In this regard, the Ministers reaffirmed the principle of territorial integrity as enshrined in General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV), highlighted the right of the Member States of the Group to permanent sovereignty over their natural resources, including the right of the Argentine Republic to take legal action with full respect for international law and relevant resolutions against non-authorized hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in the referred area and recalled the need for both parties to refrain from taking decisions that would imply introducing unilateral modifications in the situation while the islands are going through the process recommended by the Assembly, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 31/49."
Thank you, Mr. Chair.