Stories for June 2002
The Falkland Islands population was very hopeful that Queen Elizabeth or another member of the Royal Family would enhance the 20th anniversary of Liberation commemorations (the word ?celebrations' cannot be officially used) which will take place on Friday 14 June. It was not to be, although Prince Andrew, who fought in the 1982 conflict, has promised to visit the Islands in November when around 200 British War veterans are due to return.
There is rejoicing throughout Britain that England are through to the next round of the World Cup and satisfaction that Argentina has been eliminated. Television audiences for the match reached record numbers, and the roads were unusually quiet.
Former Falkland Islands Governor, Richard Ralph, now ambassador to Romania, is reported in the British Press to be marrying his partner, Jemma Jackson, whom he met and began an affair with in the Falklands.
Fernando Belaunde Terry, twice President of Peru, has died , aged 88. Here is an appraisal of the man and his contribution to Peruvian politics by Mercopress Correspondent Harold Briley, who knew him personally.
Argentina reiterated this Monday the country's permanent and indeclinable determination to peacefully recover the Falkland Islands sovereignty, and in a related ceremony, the Army inaugurated a cenotaph in Campo de Mayo to the memory of all those servicemen killed in the 1982 South Atlantic conflict.
Former Argentine president Carlos Menem, currently in Washington, addressed this Monday a conference of Conservative political leaders from all over the world and in the evening was invited to a welcome dinner offered by President George Bush in the White House.
Anniversary events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Falklands War reach their climax this weekend in the Falklands and in the United Kingdom with the emphasis on tribute to the British armed forces and remembrance of those who died.
In Britain there will be three memorial services.
Freezing weather in the Magallanes Region has left at least three people dead in Punta Arenas, plus several dozen pedestrians injured since residents are not used to walk on ice covered streets.
Former economy minister Domingo Cavallo walked free after an appeals court overturned last Friday his previous indictment on charges of smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia last decade, ending his 65-day confinement in Campo de Mayo.
An International Monetary Fund, IMF, delegation is expected next week in Buenos Aires to resume financial aid discussions with the Argentine government in an attempt to stabilize the country's economy going through one of its longest recessions in history.