Every 2 April is a day of remembrance, tribute and recognition in honour of our fellow countrymen who heroically fought for the recovery of the full exercise of sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia, and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas.
On the 39th anniversary of the beginning of the South Atlantic conflict, the Argentine people respectfully honour the soldiers who gave their lives and those who returned to the continent carrying on their bodies and in their minds the marks left by the armed conflict.
The Argentine Government stands with the families who lost their loved ones and those who have stood by the people that carry the physical and spiritual wounds of combat. Women, health professionals, deserve special recognition for doing their job with the same courage as those men, in many cases helping them to survive.
The best way to pay tribute to them is to keep on working every day in order to recover the full exercise of sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia, and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, a goal for which many gave their lives.
We also denounce the presence of a British military base on the Islands disregarding all UN resolutions, as well as the usurpation of the natural resources in the South Atlantic that belong to the Argentine people. In addition, and in honour of those men, the Argentine Government continues to redouble its efforts, always through peaceful means, dialogue, diplomacy and in line with international law, to build consensus in the international community through international organizations in order to create the conditions for the United Kingdom to resume bilateral negotiations regarding sovereignty, as provided for in Resolution 2065 (XX) of the United Nations General Assembly and in multiple resolutions by various international organizations and fora.
The Argentine government will remain determined to design and implement long-term State Policies in keeping with the conviction and sentiment of the Argentine people and with the constitutional mandate to “recover those territories and the full exercise of sovereignty”, which “constitutes a permanent and unrenounceable goal of the Argentine people.”