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The Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the 3rd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held on January 28th and 29th , 2015;

1. Reiterate their strongest support for the legitimate rights of the Argentine Republic in the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas, as well as the permanent interest of the countries of the region in the resumption of negotiations between the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in order to find – as soon as possible – a peaceful and definitive solution to such dispute, pursuant to the relevant resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS), as expressed by them in the previous Declarations of the Rio Group and the Latin America and Caribbean Summit (CALC) —especially the Declaration of the Unity Summit, held in Riviera Maya, Mexico, on 23 February 2010— which are part of the historical heritage of CELAC;

2. Highlight that December, 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of UNGA Resolution 2065 (XX), the first one to specifically refer to the Question of the Malvinas Islands, which has been subsequently renewed, to the present date, through successive resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Special Committee on Decolonization. Furthermore, they note with satisfaction the important contribution made by the UN Special Committee on Decolonization through its discussion of the Question during the fifty years that have passed since the adoption of Resolution 2065 (XX);

3. In this context, the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States instruct the Pro Tempore Presidency to request the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to renew his efforts to carry out the good offices mission entrusted to him by the General Assembly through successive resolutions, with a view to achieving the resumption of negotiations aimed at finding —as soon as possible— a peaceful solution to the abovementioned dispute, and to inform them of the progress made in such mission;

4. Furthermore, they reiterate the importance of observing UNGA Resolution 31/49, which calls upon both parties to refrain from adopting decisions that entail the introduction of unilateral modifications to the situation, whilst the Malvinas, South Georgias and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas are subject to the process recommended by the General Assembly;

5. They highlight the permanent constructive attitude and willingness of the Argentine Government to reach, through negotiations, a peaceful and definitive solution to this anachronistic colonial situation on American soil.

Belén, Costa Rica, January 29th, 2015

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