By J. Brock (FINN)
For the US to recognise the de facto (existing whether legally accepted or not) Government of the Falkland Islands is as good as it gets for Islanders who are to hold a referendum on Sunday, 10 March and Monday, 11 March 2013, expressing their desire (or not) to remain a British Overseas Territory.
This view differs greatly from that now coming from Argentina that the Government of the Falkland Islands does not exist.
For the past 31 years the US has been neutral over the Falklands sovereignty dispute; and for that nation not to speculate on a future referendum, falls within the parameters of that neutrality. Neither does taking no position on sovereignty over the Falklands.
Falkland Islanders have been aware of US neutrality for the 31 years since the Argentine conflict but recently articles saying that the US is snubbing Britain have been coming out of the woodwork. There was a spate of these articles two years ago in the run-up to Falklands 30 and oil exploration successes.
During that flap FINN explained that the Falklands issue, in its proper place, was not high on the priority list of either country, given the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and weakening economies on both sides of the ocean.
For Britain to support Falkland Islanders right to Self Determination and the US to be neutral concerning Sovereignty over the Falklands is a convenient way to relegate the agenda item in favour of more important ones.
There are factors with more delicate significance that could irritate the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain than that of the Falklands, with which both sides have a time-saving formula mentioned above.
FINN feels it is irresponsible to speculate that the US has changed its position regarding the Falklands one that has been held for 31 years - and that is unlikely to change.