National Groups of Solidarity with the Question of the Malvinas Islands

Since 2011, over 90 Groups of Support or Solidarity with the Question of the Malvinas Islands have been created in almost 80 countries around the world.

Made up of personalities with high local and/or regional prestige in academic, cultural and journalistic fields, the purpose of these groups is to generate initiatives that disseminate and raise awareness of the question of the Malvinas Islands and help devise actions to foster compliance with the resolutions of the United Nations on the question, especially concerning the resumption of negotiations on sovereignty, as was the case between the end of the 1960s and during the 1970s.

On the occasion of discussion of the Question of the Malvinas Islands by the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation in June 2012, these Support Groups sent messages to the Chair of the Committee backing the resumption of negotiations between the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with a view to finding a peaceful and definitive solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas. Similarly, representatives of the Support Groups were present at the session in which the Question of the Malvinas Islands was addressed.

Regional meetings of Groups of Solidarity

On 28 August 2012, in Santiago, Chile, the First Meeting of Solidarity Groups with the Argentine Malvinas from Andean Countries took place. The representatives of the Groups from Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela agreed on supporting the sovereignty rights of the Argentine Republic on the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, as well as characterizing the Question of the Malvinas Islands as a matter of interest for Latin America. These opinions were reflected in the final declaration of the meeting subscribed by the participants.

The First Meeting of the Groups Pro-Dialogue on the Question of the Malvinas Islands from the European Union was held in London, United Kingdom, from 5 to 7 February 2013. The representatives of 18 European groups exchanged opinions and mutual reflections on how to strengthen initiatives oriented to the United Kingdom agreeing to resume sovereignty negotiations with Argentina. At the closing of the meeting, a declaration was subscribed by the participants calling upon both parties to resume the negotiations.