Stories for January 2002
The British Government official who headed the Ministry of Defence during the Falklands War, Sir Frank Cooper, GCB, CMG, has died, aged 79.
FCO Minister of State, Peter Hain, gave a speech on Gibraltar in an adjournment debate in Westminster Hall today.
The Royal Air Force has introduced a novel way of flying its front-line Tornado fighters to the Falkland Islands. They go as passengers inside the giant C17 Globemaster transport aircraft on lease from the United States.
A former Argentine naval officer, Captain Alfredo Astiz, arrested in December at Sweden's request in connection with the killing of a 17-year-old Swedish student, Dagmar Hagelin in Buenos Aires in 1977, has been released by the Argentine authorities.
Mercosur and associate members presidents will be holding an out of agenda summit next February 18th. in Buenos Aires to express full support to the Argentine president Duhalde administration.
Thousands of Argentines from all over Buenos Aires converged on the city's famous central square, the Plaza de Mayo, late Friday night as part of a massive national protest against the government and the penal financial restrictions imposed in recent weeks. But a combination of torrential rain and violent police reaction using tear gas and rubber bullets just after midnight caused many of the demonstrators to disperse. Several protestors and police were injured and stretchered into ambulances. Some demonstrators were arrested and forced to lie down on the wet roads.
Howard Pearce has been appointed Governor, Falkland Islands and Commissioner, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.