London, Mar 11: Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the US is in ‘jeopardy’ after President Barack Obama refused to wholeheartedly endorse the right of Falkland Islanders to determine their own destiny, a senior US Congressman has warned.
Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner’s stark warning comes just a fortnight after the new Secretary of State John Kerry failed to comment on whether the United States would support the ballot because it had not yet taken place.
According to the Daily Express, though it claims to be neutral, Obama’s administration has increasingly concerned British diplomats over the Falklands issue.
The concerns comes as Kerry’s predecessor, Hilary Clinton, continued reference to the Malvinas, Argentina’s name for the Islands, and a high profile visit to Buenos Aires in 2010 in which she backed calls by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for a negotiated settlement with the United Nations, the report said.
Britain’s position remains that there will be no negotiation over a matter of clear sovereignty, unless it is called for by Falkland Islaners.
Sensenbrenner, who last year became the first US congressman to personally visit the islands, said that ‘the position the US Government until the Obama Administration took over was that we support self determination.’
He added that there were many colonies in the 1950s that voted to become independent before and those referenda were accepted.
The Special Relationship between the US and the UK is in jeopardy on this issue
He said that most Americans do not realise that the Falkland Islands were economically self-sufficient, and that London is only responsible for defence and foreign policy.
He warned that president Obama’s was “ill-informed and misjudged”.
He added that the President thought that, by taking a stand against the British position he will somehow gain Hispanic votes at home.
In truth, most of the Hispanics in the US don’t come from Argentina and don’t care about it, the report added. (ANI)