Diplomatic channels

by The Editor

If any of the readers of this blog should find themselves, one day, being a head of state, they would be keen to remember that proper diplomatic channels are the appropriate avenue through which official documents should be transported.

On Tuesday at a G20 conference in Mexico, Christina Fernández de Kirchner ran into British Prime Minister David Cameron, the man whom she casts in the shadow of the devil. As the economic situation worsens in Argentina, President Kirchner has been searching for a nation against which to wage a war.

The Argentinean government has imposed the equivalent of economic sanctions upon the Falkland Islands by prohibiting ships with the Falkland Island flag from mooring at its ports. Back in Mexico, Mr. Cameron confronted President Kirchner by broaching ideas about the EU’s economic recovery, before pivoting to the Falkland Islands referendum. On three occasions, the Prime Minister insisted that the Islanders’ wishes must be respected. Ms. Kirchner then pulled out an envelope containing ‘documents’ about the Falklands, which she urged Mr. Cameron to take.

Under the glow of cameras, Mr. Cameron refused to take the documents; FCO officials later suggested that the Argentinean government should proceed in a normal fashion in transferring diplomatic materials via diplomatic channels. There is a British embassy in Buenos Aires that we all know too well because to the cries of protestors. To Ms. Kirchner’s credit, law enforcement protected the edifice in line with the Vienna Conventions.