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N o . M38 D a t e : 3 A p r i l 1 9 8 2

PRESS R E L E A S E _ B Y _ T H E _ A C T I N G _ M I N I S T E R _ F O R _ F O R E I G N _ A F F A I R S

MR PRESIDENT,

ON BEHALF OF MY DELEGATION I WISH TO THANK YOU FOR GRANTING US PERMISSION TO SPEAK BEFORE THE COUNCIL. WE HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT UNDER YOUR PRESIDENCY THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE WISE AND . JU DI CI OU S GUIDANCE IN THE CONSIDERATION OF THE IMPORTANT ISSUES

ON IT S AGENDA.

MY GOVERNMENT HAS REQUESTED PERMISSION TO SPEAK TODAY BECAUSE OF THE VERY SERIOUS SITUATION WHICH HAS DEVELOPED IN THE FALKLAND ISLANDS. IT I S NOW ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT ARMED FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARGENTINA HAVE INVADED THE FALKLAND ISLANDS. THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT WHICH CAN ONLY AGGRAVATE AN ALREADY HIGHLY TENSE

SITUATION AND WHICH CONSTITUTES A THREAT TO INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY.

WE HAVE CONSIDERED CAREFULLY THE STATEMENTS MADE IN THE COUNCIL YESTERDAY AND T H IS MORNING BY THE DISTINGUIS HED REPRESENTATIVE OF ARGENTINA. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THOSE STATEMENTS COULD JUSTIFY THE ACT OF AGGRESSION WHICH HAS BEEN COMMITTED BY

THE ARGENTINE ARMED FORCES I N CLEAR VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 2 . 3 AND ARTICLE 2. A OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS. .

DI STI NGUISHED MEMBERS WILL RECALL THAT THE SECRETARY-GENERAL YESTERDAY ISSUED AN APPEAL FOR MAXIMUM RESTRAINT ON BOTH SIDES AND THAT LAST NIGHT THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL MADE A STATEMENT WHICH EXPRESSED THE C O U N C IL 'S CONCERN ABOUT THE TENSION

IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION AND CALLED UPON THE GOVERNMENTS OF ARGENTINA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM " T O EXERCISE THE UTMOST RESTRAINT AT TH IS TIME AND IN PARTICULAR TO REFRAIN FROM THE USE OR THREAT OF FORCE IN THE REGION AND TO CONTINUE THE SEARCH FOR A DIPLOMATIC S O L U T I O N " , .

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MR PRESIDENT,

MY GOVERNMENT FULLY SUPPORTS THE CALL FOR RESTRAINT WHICH YOU ISSUED LAST NIGHT ON BEHALF, OF ,THE COUNCIL. THE FACT REMAINS, HOWEVER, THAT THE OCCUPATION OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS BY ARGENTINE TROOPS HAS ESCALATED THE TENSION IN THE REGION AND WILL MAKE THE TASK OF F IND IN G A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF THIS DISPUTE MORE

DIFFICULT. MY GOVERNMNET CONDEMNS THE USE OF FORCE BY THE ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORTS THE ACTION PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IN THE DRAFT RESOLUTION NOW BEFORE THE COUNCIL. WE URGE THAT THE PATH OF PEACE AND .

NEGOTIATION BY BOTH SIDES NOT BE ABANDONED. AS A FIRST STEP IN THAT DIRECTION WE CALL UPON THE ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT TO HEED THE APPEALS MADE BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL AND ACCORDINGLY TO UNDERTAKE AN IMMEDIATE

WITHDRAWAL OF I T S TROOPS FROM THE FALKLAND ISLANDS. >!

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