“beware about arousing nationalism in electoral processes” — MercoPress



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Argentina/Chile continental shelf dispute: “beware about arousing nationalism in electoral processes”

Tuesday, September 7th 2021 – 09:55 UTC

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Both countries are in the midst of electoral procedures, Argentina is holding midterm parliamentary elections next 14 November, and Chile a 7 days afterwards presidential and legislative elections.

The controversy concerning Chile and Argentina about continental shelf limits south of Tierra del Fuego has triggered a series of exchanges, some community, some others a lot more minimal-important, but there is a increasing consensus that any solution should arise from the bilateral dialogue.

Precisely in excess of the weekend Argentine considerably respected political analyst Joaquin Morales Sola wrote a column for the each day La Nación arguing that “the celebration that in these times could direct to even worse future consequences is the diplomatic affray of the Argentine authorities with Chile, about the boundaries of the so called continental ice fields”. This happens in a much distorted political circumstance and in an electoral yr.

In influence the controversy is taking area when equally nations are in the midst of electoral processes, Argentina is holding midterm parliamentary elections next 14 November, and Chile a week later on will maintain presidential and legislative elections.

And most important none of the two are in their very best tracks, relatively the opposite.

“Nationalism is the past refuge of governments terrified of getting rid of. Did president Piñera violate the peace accords of 1988 and 1999? Most probably certainly. Option however does not consist in tensing the relation even extra, or in threatening to enchantment to the Worldwide Courtroom of The Hague”.

Analyst Solá Morales provides that “one of the several victories of Argentine democracy has been peace with Chile and the generation of Mercosur. Both equally ensured an space of peace in the south of the Americas in a entire world way too tempted to successive wars in other corners. Lightening the nationalistic fiber of societies at electoral moments is an previous medication, worn out and essentially erroneous. A medicine that could have extended aftermaths and could also penetrate deeply amid the prevalent peoples on both of those sides of the Andes”.

Ultimately, “Argentina and Chile have been in the threshold of an absurd war when the armed forces ruled both nations. Democracy reestablished peace. Elections in the two nations around the world cannot and will have to not provoke a regression of these types of development. The Argentine president need to acquire some minutes and mirror ahead of deciding on the dispute with Chile, Relations with the region with which Argentina shares the longest border is significantly much more vital, considerably extra critical that the disturbing and probable final results of a legislative election”.

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