Wednesday, November 24, 2021 | 8:55 am.
The governor of Tierra del Fuego, Gustavo Melella, repudiated the statements of British parliamentarians that migrants who cross the English Channel in search of refuge in that country should be sent to the Falkland Islands.
“As governor of the province to which the Falklands belong, I express my deepest repudiation for these statements,” Melella wrote on his official Twitter account.
He also said that such a measure would not only violate “the human rights of people who, fleeing humanitarian catastrophes, seek asylum” but would be contrary to United Nations (UN) resolutions “that prevent innovation until the islands are decolonized, “he said.
According to the Fuegian president, the United Kingdom “must take responsibility for the catastrophes that its policies generate in other countries and, in turn, fulfill its obligations to put an end to colonialism in all its forms,” he said.
The Conservative MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire told The Guardian newspaper that he would be in favor of sending people traveling to the UK in small boats to the Falklands as a way to discourage them.
“I would be in favor of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). The only way to discourage these people is by giving them the message that if they come here they will be sent 8,000 miles (12,800 kilometers) away,” the parliamentarian said to the British medium.
“These statements demonstrate the contempt for human rights by the most reactionary British political arc when their interests are at stake,” Melella replied on the social network.
In addition, he argued that British actions “use populations as an adjustment variable”, and cited the example of “the expulsion of Mauritians of Chagossian origin from their homes to rent a military base to the United States.”
And he added that demonstrations of this type demonstrate that “London’s alleged” modern relationship “with its alleged and illegal colonies is nothing more than a sham. They continue to maintain the ancient, centuries-old archaic colonial system where decisions about what happens it comes exclusively from the metropolis, “he said.
According to the governor of Tierra del Fuego, these expressions reveal the “real interest” of the United Kingdom in the South Atlantic, including “its unjustified military presence” that puts the states with coasts in the area “at risk”, he concluded.