In a claim that has been going on for about a year, the Superior Council of the University of Buenos Aires claimed the British embassy in Buenos Aires that remove all references to the UBA in an educational competition in which students from Argentina and other countries participate, and which is called "Why would I like to meet my neighbors in the Falkland Islands?"

The communiqué of the Council, also signed by the rector of the UBA, Alberto Barbieri, and his institutional secretary César Albornoz, refers to a complaint by the Secretary of Official Representation for the Malvinas Issue of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Atlantic Islands South, Jorge Argüello. A man close to the presidential candidate Alberto Fernández, and mentioned as one of the potential foreign ministers, Argüello had formally asked Barbieri to issue a new complaint to the embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The first claim was made last August.

The UBA Letter with the claim to the British embassy for a student contest to go to the Falklands

The UBA Letter with the claim to the British embassy for a student contest to go to the Falklands

Argüello's note points out that "with great concern" observed that, "despite the discomfort and rejection transmitted by the Argentine Foreign Ministry to the British government, and despite a resolution of the UBA Board of Directors" to "remove all references to the University of Buenos Aires from the communiqués and web pages", On October 4, he announced the name of "10 university students from pre-selected continental Argentina to travel to the Falkland Islands, within which there are two students" of the UBA.

The UBA Letter with the claim to the British embassy for a student contest to go to the Falklands

The UBA Letter with the claim to the British embassy for a student contest to go to the Falklands

Meanwhile, sources at the embassy led by Mark Kent pointed to Clarion: “We have not yet received any formal communication from the UBA about that resolution, so we cannot give an opinion on it. Yes we have received the regular student certificates issued by the different faculties of the UBA that this year presented the students of that university to be admitted as participants in the Falklands Regional Student Competition. "

The embassy spokesman also noted: “This competition is held annually and allows university students from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina to travel to the Falkland Islands for a week with all expenses paid, in order to promote cultural exchange between the islands and the region. ”

These competitions for young people in the region to get to know the islands they did not include Argentines until the thaw that London and Buenos Aires undertook in 2016 introduced an educational chapter.

Thus, last year six students from the UBA were nominated, which shows the desire of young people to participate in the contest that has several edges. On the one hand it is obvious that the islanders seek to show their culture and with it their complete rejection of wanting to be under Argentine jurisdiction and on the contrary being British. It also supports the fact that they are the Falkland Islands, they are accepted as such, which could be from the institutional endorsement of self-determination. However, these approaches also serve to bring the parties closer from a place more open to that of extreme nationalisms in two countries that went to war over the islands in 1982.

This year, indicates the press release published by the British embassy, ​​200 students from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay were nominated. Clarion he knows that they were 48 from Argentina, 7 from the UBA, that to apply, they present the official UBA certificates. It issues them. Failure to do so could be considered a type of censorship.

They won: Adriano Modarelli, from Argentina; Katarina Gonzaga de Moraes, from Brazil; Constanza Riquelme, from Chile; and Victoria Alvez, from Uruguay. Modarelli is a Campana boy, and studies at the University of El Salvador, it was reported. In 2018 there were two girls from the UBA in their one-minute application videos said they were daughters of veterans.