A MEETING of the Scientific Sub-Committee scheduled for January is “unlikely” to take place, MLA Teslyn Barkman told Penguin News this week.
The Scientific Sub-Committee, originally established in 1990, seeks to bring together delegations from the Falklands and Argentina to discuss matters of mutual interest and cooperation with regards to fisheries science. Meetings of the committee had resumed under Mauricio Macri's presidency following a long hiatus.
MLA Barkman’s response comes after reports in the Argentine media that Alberto Fernandez’s government cancelled the meeting and replaced the Argentine Ambassadors in London and Geneva, both of whom were involved in drafting the 2016 joint communiqué.
The communiqué enabled the resumption of the Scientific Sub-Committee meetings and paved the way for the São Paulo flight.
MLA Barkman said, “FIG is still waiting for an official response on whether the meeting of the Scientific Sub-Committee shall take place. There was a plan for a January meeting of the SSC and this is now unlikely.”
Director of Natural resources, Dr Andrea Clausen, confirmed this and stated: “We have not had any official correspondence regarding the Scientific Sub-Committee meeting, we had anticipated a meeting in the third week of January, but this hasn’t been finalised and so we can only presume it is on hold.
“We are hopeful that once the new administration is settled in that we can continue working together as we have over the past two years,” she added.
Writing on his blog, Clarin journalist and political consultant Ignacio Zuleta claimed
that the decision to recall the
two ambassadors sought to represent warning shots prior to president Alberto Fernandez travelling to the World Holocaust Forum
in Israel, where he will meet HRH the Prince of Wales among others.
Flight to be "reviewed".
Citing sources from the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zuleta also claimed that the São Paulo - Cordoba - MPA flights will be “reviewed” to ascertain to what extent the flight “covers the Islands’ military, commercial, medical, and tourism necessities of the Islands.”
According to the same source, the aim of the measures is to “take Great Britain out of the comfort zone it enjoyed under Macri’s government and open up a new “front of friction” with London over this “issue of unequivocal political value.”