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Yes, no. The inclusion of La Pampa as a Patagonian province has taken so many years that we have lost count. Maybe it's because of the climate, because of agricultural development, because tourism activities are different. But a national law, and the Founding Treaty of the Patagonian Region, say this without half a word: La Pampa is a Patagonian province .
It may not be felt that way by a Santacrucian living in Puerto Deseado, a Chubutense from Gan Gan, a Fueguino from Tolhuin, a Rionegrin from General Roca, or a Neuquino from Plottier, but a person born in General Pico —or in another city of La Pampa — it's as Patagonian as the others, and it's also a native of the Buenos Aires party of Patagones (they didn't expect it, didn't they?).
In principle, it is said by a national law. In September 1985, the Congress passed Law 23,272 , which considers La Pampa, together with Río Black, Chubut, Neuquén, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Atlantic Islands South and the Patagones party of the province of Buenos Aires, as part of Patagonia.
19 years later, on November 10, 2004, the legislature amended the regulations by Law 25,955 , which did not change the original spirit of the initiative and continued to include both La Pampa and the Patagones within the region.
But there is also a Foundational Treaty of the Patagonian Region that was signed in 1996 , no less than in Santa Rosa , capital of La Pampa, to which all the provincial legislatures.
On June 25 and 26, the Patagonian Governors Summit was held , attended by the leaders of all provinces: Arturo Estableillo de Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands; Nestor Kirchner de Santa Cruz; Carlos Maestro de Chubut; Pablo Verani de Rí o Black; the Deputy Governor of Neuquén Ricardo Corradi —representing Governor Felipe Sapag—, and the host Rubén Marín, head of the Pampean Executive.
Like any treaty, it encourages cooperation between those who sign it, but the most important thing was — despite the fact that the law passed eleven years earlier — to incorporate La Pampa, thus creating a sort of “new Patagonia Region”.
One fact of color is that, unlike the initiative sanctioned in Congress, Patagonia is considered to be “the provinces of La Pampa, Neuquén, Río Black, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands, covering the subsoil, the adjacent Argentine Sea and airspace corresponding”. Exactly, in this treaty does not appear the Patagonian party.
The document also reaffirms the autonomy of each of the constituent provinces of the region, the will to behave in a bloc before the Federal Government and proposes the creation of a Patagonian Parliament with provincial legislators, which to date some other leader put it back into scene, but that in practice never happened.
In short: backed by a National Law and a Foundational Treaty signed by each of the governors of the region, all Pampeans can proudly say “I am Patagonian”.
It is also time for the citizens of the rest of the provinces to put an end to this kind of “negationism” about La Pampa's belonging to Patagonia.
But, while we are here, let's open a debate: what do we do with Patagones ? The main city of the party and Viedma are separated by the Black River. Yes, it's not a minor limit, but both localities behave practically like one. If that is enough to “adopt” a Buenos Aires party as a Patagonian, it is another discussion, which may have to be settled at another time.
Publication Date: 06/08/2020
En respuesta a Marcos A Sánchez
¡Muchas gracias por tu comentario!
Excelente nota. Siendo patagónico me sirvió para darme cuenta que el interrogante que plantea la nota, que todavía genera polémica y confusión, está saldado hace tiempo. ¡Muchas gracias!
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