New US Secretary of State John Kerry today refused to back Britain’s stance in the battle with Argentina over the future of the Falklands, after starting his first overseas trip in London.
Mr Kerry pointedly refused to support next month’s referendum among Falklanders on whether they want to remain British.
The issue is thought to have been raised by Foreign Secretary William Hague after Mr Kerry held talks in Downing Street with David Cameron. This a clear message to the British Government, that in an event of a possible conflict with Argentina over the Falklands Islands America will not give the UK any military or logistical support. Kerry said:
‘First of all, I’m not going to comment, nor is the President, on a referendum that has yet to take place, hasn’t taken place.
‘Our position on the Falklands has not changed. The United States recognises de facto UK administration of the islands but takes no position on the question of parties’ sovereignty claims thereto.
‘We support co-operation between UK and Argentina on practical matters.’
So, I guess we have to accept the bitter pill, and not count on the Yanks to support British policy on the Falklands.