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David Cameron Snubs Argentina President Over Falklands Letter

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2012

Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner

President de Kirchner tried to give David Cameron a letter over the Falklands

David Cameron has refused to accept a letter from the Argentinian president over the country’s claim to the Falkland Islands.

The prime minister spoke to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner before the first session of the G20 summit on Tuesday, telling her that she should “respect the views” of the islanders who are holding a referendum on control.

Ms de Kirchner attempted to hand Mr Cameron a package marked “UN – Malvinas” but the Prime Minister refused to accept it.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict which resulted in a task force being sent to the south Atlantic to successfully reclaim the islands after the Argentinian military junta had invaded the British-held territory.

Britain has rejected calls made by Ms Kirchner to the UN decolonisation committee last week for direct talks to discuss the future of the disputed territory in the south Atlantic.

Downing Street aides said the Prime Minister sought out Ms Kirchner to make Britain’s position on the Falklands clear.

Mr Cameron said: “I am not proposing a full discussion now on the Falklands but I hope you have noted that they are holding a referendum and you should respect their views. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falklands Anniversary: Argentinian President Attacks ‘Absurd’ Britain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2012

As US and UK spending billions and billions dollars in war, these two countries soon could be very back from some other countries like Russia, China, Japan etc. How these two countries analyzing the situation, no idea:

Argentina’s president has condemned Britain’s “ridiculous and absurd” stance on the Falkland Island as ceremonies were held to mark the 30th annoversary of the conflict.

Leading her country’s commemorations of the conflict, which cost the lives of 649 Argentines, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner called for talks on ending the “unjust” situation – something London has ruled out for as long as no change is demanded by the islanders themselves.

de Kirchner was talking as the anniversary of the invasion of the Islands was marked by both war widows’ prayers and a renewed push by Argentina for control of the territory. In a speech that illustrated how the diplomatic battle showed no signs of abating, she attacked the UK’s “colonial” ambitions, saying:

“It is unjust that, in the 21st century, there are still colonial enclaves such as the one we have here a few kilometres away. There are only 16 such colonial enclaves in the world, 10 of which are British.”

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron who, like Ms Kirchner, included the enemy dead in his anniversary message, insisted Britain was no less committed now to than in 1982 to protecting the right to self-determination. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘The Iron Lady’ Panned By Critics In Argentina

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 12, 2012

Meryl Streep may have been nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, but Argentine critics have panned the film during its premiere in Buenos Aires.

The film opened in Argentine cinemas amid a furore over the Falkland Islands, over which Thatcher’s Britain and Argentina fought a brief war 30 years ago.

In the movie, Thatcher is shown ordering the sinking of the Argentine warship Belgrano, which killed 323 sailors and remains controversial because the ship was considered to be outside the war zone.

She also dismisses the entreaties of the American ambassador to settle the dispute peacefully, suggesting that as a woman, she has had to “go to war every day” to maintain her hold on power. Reducing the decision to wage war to a question of feminism “is absurd, to say the least”, the newspaper Clarin wrote in a review. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falkland Islands: UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Appeals To Britain And Argentina For Calm

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2012

Unnecessar­y ego and greediness are the main masters for all these games:

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General has appealed for calm in the escalating dispute over the Falkland Islands, as Argentina took their claim of sovereignty to the General Assembly and Security Council.

In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about the “increasingly strong exchanges between the governments of Argentina and the UK”.

It added that he had: “Expressed the hope that the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom will avoid an escalation of this dispute and resolve differences peacefully and through dialogue”.

Argentina’s foreign minister arrived in New York on Friday to officially protest about Britain’s “militarisation” of the seas around the disputed islands.

It comes after Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner hit out at the UK’s decision to send the Duke of Cambridge and one of its most modern navy warships to the South Atlantic region.

In a speech to an audience including Falkland war veterans on Wednesday, she said the move posed a risk to “international security” before announcing the official complaint would be made.

Addressing politicians yesterday, Ms Kirchner said: “In a few hours our chancellor leaves for New York to make a presentation to the United Nations about the militarisation and the introduction of nuclear arms in the zone.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Argentina Accuses UK Of Deploying Nuclear Weapons Near Falklands In Statement To United Nations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2012

Argentina tonight accused the UK of deploying nuclear weapons near the Falklands.

Foreign minister Hector Timerman made the claim as he urged the United Nations to intervene in the long-running dispute over the islands.

He said Buenos Aires had intelligence that a Vanguard submarine had been deployed in the area.

“Thus far the UK refuses to say whether it is true or not,” Mr Timerman told a press conference in New York through a translator. “Are there nuclear weapons or are there not?

“The information Argentina has is that there are these nuclear weapons.”

Mr Timerman accused Britain of using an “unjustified defence of self-determination” to maintain a military base on the Falklands, which allowed her to dominate the Atlantic.

“It is perhaps the last refuge of a declining empire,” he insisted. “It is perhaps the last ocean that is controlled by the UK.”

He said Britain had been “colonialist throughout (her) history”, and should now “give peace a chance”.

At a separate press conference immediately afterwards, Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Sir Mark Lyall Grant said the Government did “not comment on the disposition of nuclear weapons, submarines etc”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falkland Islands: Argentina Takes Dispute To United Nations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 8, 2012

Argentina is to make a formal complaint to the United Nations Security Council after accusing Britain of “militarising” their long dispute over the Falkland Islands.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said the UK’s decision to send one of its most modern navy warships to the South Atlantic and to post the Duke of Cambridge on military duty in the region posed a risk to “international security”.

Her announcement comes amid simmering tensions between London and Buenos Aires in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands war, which saw Argentinian forces invade the archipelago in a row over its sovereignty.

Speaking to an audience including Falkland war veterans and other politicians at Argentina’s presidential residence yesterday, Ms Kirchner said: “I have instructed our chancellor to present formally to the Security Council of the United Nations and before the General Assembly of the United Nations this militarisation of the South Atlantic which implies a great risk for international security.” Read the rest of this entry »

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General Sir Mike Jackson: ‘Just About Impossible’ To Retake Falkland Islands Without Aircraft Carriers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 29, 2012

British military forces would be unable to retake the Falkland Island were Argentina to invade, according to the former head of the British Army.

General Sir Mike Jackson, 67, who served in both Northern Island and the Balkans during an illustrious career, said it would be “just about impossible” to mount a successful mission to reclaim the islands without aircraft carriers.

Speaking in an interview in The Sunday Telegraph, the retired army chief said that despite improvements to British defences on the archipelago, a successful Argentine invasion is not impossible.

The official answer will be that it would not be possible for the Argentinians to gain a foothold on the islands, in particular to take Mount Pleasant airfield, which is key to the British defence plan,” he told the newspaper.

“We have a large international-sized airfield to allow for very rapid reinforcement by air, should circumstances so require. But I suppose I have learned in life, never say never.

What if an Argentinian force was able to secure the airfield? Then our ability to recover the islands now would be just about impossible.

We are not in a position to take air power by sea since the demise of the Harrier force.

Recent months has seen Buenos Aires place increasing pressure on the UK to negotiate the sovereignty of the disputed islands, liberated from Argentine forces following the 1982 invasion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Argentina Brands Prince William’s Posting To Falkland Islands A ‘Provocative’ Act

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 12, 2011

The Duke of Cambridge’s posting to the Falkland Islands has been branded a “provocative act” in Argentina.

William, a Flight Lieutenant with the RAF, will be deployed to the remote outcrop in the South Atlantic for six weeks to fly search and rescue helicopter missions next year.

But Argentine official Sebastian Brugo Marco said the country could not ignore the “political” implications of his move, which comes shortly before the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s defeat in the Falklands War.

Mr Brugo Marco, who has responsibility for the South Atlantic territory, told Argentine newspaper La Nacion: “It is one more provocative act that shows Britain’s military presence in a zone of peace where there is no armed conflict.”

Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands, which it refers to as Las Malvinas. “One cannot ignore the political content of this military operation bearing in mind that the prince forms part of the Royal Family,” Mr Brugo Marco added.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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