DISASTER Management was a key issue in discussions between councillors and a senior Foreign and Commonwealth Officer last week.
The subject was covered at a breakfast meeting between Ms Mariot Leslie, Director General, FCO, Mr Andrew Jackson, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Buenos Aires, Falklands elected representatives and heads of relevant departments, during the pair's week-long familiarization visit to the Falkland Islands. Mrs. Leslie is duty bound to raise the subject with all British Overseas Territories, but told Mercopressthat it was a particularly important subject in the Falklands due to the increasing amount of cruise vessels visiting the islands. She noted, however, that cruise vessels were encouraged to sail to Antarctica in pairs, using the case of the recent sinking of the Exploreras an illustration of the need for another vessel nearby to aid passenger rescue. While in the Falklands Mrs. Leslie and Mr Jackson visited Government Departments and private businesses. They were able to meet a number of farmers and attended a reception at Government House. They also visited Mount Pleasant and toured the facilities, including a visit to HMS Clyde.Economic Development, governmental priorities, minefield clearance, fisheries and the airbridge were all discussed at meetings between councilors and Mrs. Leslie. Mr Jackson said he was pleased to take advantage of Mrs. Leslie's visit to the islands to also familiarize himself with the Falklands. He traveled to the islands on a Lan flight to meet Mrs. Leslie who arrived on the Royal Air Force airbridge. By Lisa Johnston SeAledPR Stanley