A United Nations debate was held on November 2 to discuss the question of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
1. GV General Assembly with delegates seated 0.04
2. SV Argentine Foreign Minister Juan Aguirre Lanari speaking as British delegation listens (SPANISH SOT) (3 shots) 1.06
3. SV Argentine delegation 1.09
4. SV Britain's representative, Sir John Thompson speaking (SOT) 2.15
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE FOUR:
SIR JOHN THOMPSON: "My delegation's objection to this revised draft resolution is above all that it falls to acknowledge that at the heart of the dispute, which unfortunately exists between the United Kingdom and Argentina, there are people. Indeed the most important parties in this dispute are the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands. It is their livelihood and their future which is at stake. Britain can look after itself but she has an obligation to look after the Falkland Islanders as well. We very much hope that the people of Argentina will recognise this and that in accordance with the law and fair play they will extend a helping and friendly hand to the Falklanders, not a meeting fist."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS
A United Nations debate was held on November 2 to discuss the question of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. The debate centred on a Latin American-sponsored resolution calling for resumed negotiations between Britain and Argentina. Argentine Foreign Minister Juan Aguirre Lanari said the outcome of the negotiations would have to be the restoration of the territory to 'its lawful owner'. Mr. Aguirre accused Britain of maintaining a colonial status on the islands. The South Atlantic island group was reoccupied by a British expeditionary force in June after six weeks of fierce fighting with Argentine forces and the loss of hundreds of lives. Britain's chief delegate to the UN, Sir John Thompson rejected the proposed resolution saying it ignored the Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination and that Britain was responsible for looking after their interests.
Source: UNITED NATION TELEVISION