Friday, February 26th 2010 - 06:39 UTC

Falklands: UK MOD denies naval incident with Argentine vessel

The British Ministry of Defence strongly denied Thursday any incident in the Falklands territorial waters involving a Royal Navy South Atlantic patrol and an Argentine Navy corvette, as reported in some London sensational media.

HMS York, calling Stanley

UK Defence officials however did admit that there was “friendly dialogue by radio” between the South Atlantic patrol vessel HMS York and the Argentine corvette ARA Drummond while sailing in the area in rough waters.

“We can confirm that on 28 January this year during rough weather and at night, HMS York and an Argentine ship were operating in the same locality,” said a ministry statement.

The incident happened in international waters around 50 miles from the territorial waters of the Falklands, said the ministry.

“After a friendly dialogue by radio they each continued with their own exercises,” said the statement.

The Falklands are at the centre of a dispute between London and Buenos Aires after British oil companies announced drilling plans off the Islands, over which Argentina claims sovereignty.

The Sun newspaper reported the HMS York monitored the progress of the Argentine corvette ARA Drummond before radioing the vessel to change course.
The paper said the ship had entered a so-called conservation zone, the area where Britain is carrying out oil exploration.

But Britain's MOD declined to comment on a report in the Sun newspaper that a submarine had been sent to the Falklands, but added it was not increasing its forces in the area.

”We do not comment on (British) submarines,“ said the ministry. ”Our force structure remains unchanged and is being maintained at routine levels,” it added.

In related news British and US sources anticipated that Argentina would be seeking the support from Washington in its Falklands dispute with the UK when President Cristina Kirchner meets Secretary of State next Monday in Uruguay.

The scheduled meeting announced by Hector Timerman, the Argentine Ambassador to Washington, will take place in Montevideo when Mrs. Clinton will attend the presidential inauguration of José Mujica.

“Argentina will be pressing the White House to drop its declared neutrality and support Buenos Aires in the dispute, which looks set to deteriorate further”, said the sources quoted in UK and US media.

The US official position so far has been to stick to with a policy of non-intervention. Philip Crowley, the State Department spokesman, said that the US maintained a position of neutrality but encouraged “good faith dialogue”, adding that if both sides requested mediation “we would consider it”.

The State Department was unwilling to offer immediate comment on how Hillary Clinton planned to deal with an issue that will undoubtedly be raised not only by Ms Kirchner but also by other regional leaders with whom she is to meet. The week-long tour follows the Rio Group summit in Mexico, at which 32 Latin American and Caribbean heads of state backed Argentina’s claim of sovereignty.


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1 pedro (#) Feb 26th, 2010 - 11:45 pm Report abuse
miren señores piratas,dejense de estar provocando con sus barcos de papel porque enseguida mandaremos el señor D´elia y sus piqueteros y si es necesario reforzaremos con Moyano y sus legionarios también pondremos de reserva en caso que haga falta al señor Castell con la nina Pelozo, no empiecen a provocar porque enviamos a todos estos y chau malvinas he!!!!!!
2 islander (#) Feb 27th, 2010 - 02:10 am Report abuse
Pedro, no idea what you are blithering on about! try english on this website. Only bit I got was paper ships - funny!! - you clown - your Navy has 2 of these same ships as well -well a bit older and earlier version and a few feet shorter.
3 cocomonkey (#) Feb 27th, 2010 - 05:51 am Report abuse
islander redneck, even I, a monkey, can understand your stupid tongue. You are so stupid because dont understand spanish.
4 patrick20210 (#) Feb 27th, 2010 - 08:16 pm Report abuse
“The right to self-determination of the islanders – long the obstacle to any deal with Argentina – has to be qualified. Intransigent in their response to the Ridley negotiations and backed by neo-imperialist rightwingers in the House of Commons, the islanders demanded and got their rescue by the 1982 task force and extravagant support ever since. They have rebuffed all efforts by later Buenos Aires mediators to re-establish contact” <br />
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Simon Jenkins<br />
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5 jorge (#) Feb 28th, 2010 - 02:23 am Report abuse
Islander, <br />
Pedro was just being funny with certain internal political issues, you will not understand. Nothing important anyway.
6 (#) Mar 01st, 2010 - 10:13 pm Report abuse
It will not be a conflict as in 1982, Britain are involved in 2 wars at the moment so we don't want another, however we will defend our lands, and Argentina cannot afford to fight Britain, we have the power, technology and might and if it really comes down to it we also have the U.S & Australia, it's just words and politics, no war will happen this time
7 Tte Estevez (#) Mar 03rd, 2010 - 05:00 pm Report abuse
Incredible boast of military hardware, dubai.
uk looks like the nazis.
The south atlantic will be peaceful if was not for your fat ugly but.
By the way, you forgot to tell the audience, how “the migthy uk” is going to pay the 9,3 trillion dollar foreign debt, with only a GNP of 1,8 trillion dollar.
May be uk should concentrate in more productive venture than this stupidity.
Really the uk is making one stupid thing after the other.
uk is finish!!!
8 loiug (#) Mar 03rd, 2010 - 06:21 pm Report abuse
Argentina is the grape! UK is the boot that will crush that grape if needed!
9 Tte Estevez (#) Mar 03rd, 2010 - 06:28 pm Report abuse
Still you mental retard, did not answer the question: How the stupid uk is going to pay the creditors.
If your monkey brain does not know, consult the CIA FACTBOOK< here you will realize how pathetic the uk is.
10 loiug (#) Mar 03rd, 2010 - 07:29 pm Report abuse
All countrys have debts, its not a big deal. UK,USA- all superpowers have them. Its just mickey mouse argentina that cant aford naf all.
Now about that grape! where and when?
11 Tte Estevez (#) Mar 03rd, 2010 - 09:50 pm Report abuse
loiug: Read by Jim Rogers, recomend: Young uk people, learn chinese and move out. England is finished
You mentally retard, put those typhon jets were the sun does not shine on you.
Good luck and learn chinese!!!

12 loiug (#) Mar 03rd, 2010 - 10:52 pm Report abuse
Ohh yes thats right there are TYPHOONS down in the Falklands [british]. and lots of them so piss off.
More NAZIS argentina than berlin I am told, so again piss off.
The boot is on the foot!!
13 Tte Estevez (#) Mar 03rd, 2010 - 11:18 pm Report abuse
So they told you about the nazis in Argentina??
The boot is finished!!!!
You are barefoot!!!
Did you listen the millionare Jim Rogers, about your pathetic country??
You are wasting your time!!
Learn chinese and get out of that rat hole of uk!!
Argentina: 100 times better than uk!!
typhoons, will finish them with GPS controlled rockets!
Do yourself a favor: Get a brain!!
You do not have any!!
14 loiug (#) Mar 04th, 2010 - 12:26 am Report abuse
Why dont you chew the bark of my big fat log!
Kicking your ass in 82 was what put the GREAT in Great Britain!
And another thing, you flag is so dam ugly I mean realy shit. Now the British one ,thats sexy, powerfull & hard.
15 Tte Estevez (#) Mar 04th, 2010 - 12:42 am Report abuse
Still we manage to take a few hundreds down, and your flag and country sucks.
You ratified, my opinion: YOU HAVE NO BRAIN!!

Here some more stuff, so you get moving with Chinese language:
16 loiug (#) Mar 04th, 2010 - 12:54 am Report abuse
Look around the world and you will see that Britain built most of it.
Britain turned shit places into somewhere where people actualy wanted to live. Its a shame we never got to argentina. If we had you would be a little higher up the food chain, but your not - never mind. laugh
17 Tte EStevez (#) Mar 04th, 2010 - 01:02 am Report abuse
This confirm your ignorance and your stupidity.
england had a lot of involvement with Argentina.
We have railroads, meat packing, insurance co, banks, from england.
England had and has strong economics and political tides with Argentina, even before you invaded Malvinas.
uk signed the Commerce and friendship treaty with Argentina in 1825.
1833 you attacked us, without a cause and invaded Malvinas.
Read british Historian Peter Beck.
1833 invasion of Malvinas was an illegal and piracy act, to a friend country, with strong and economic ties.
1840, uk, without any reason blocked the our rivers, we kicked them out.
We are feed up of british harasment.
You are an undeserving friend.
By the way the Jewish community is one of the largest in the world in Argentina.
Shut up you punk!!
18 loiug (#) Mar 04th, 2010 - 07:17 pm Report abuse
We are feed up of british harasment.<br />
You tart be quiet. your the ones doing the pushing here, the Islanders just want to live in peace. Go back to bed now nawghty boy, smack ,smack.
19 Tte Estevez (#) Mar 04th, 2010 - 09:26 pm Report abuse
No problem you can take them to bankrupt england!!!
I want to settler in malvinas, without serving allegiance to the queen of uk!!
bye, punk!!
Start working to pay the foreign debt!!
20 Rhaurie-Craughwell (#) Mar 05th, 2010 - 01:28 am Report abuse
Estebrainless, which asylum did you break out of!

bet you wouldn't live in the Falklands! You sound like a right city bhoyo! You would cry when the natives make you start to do proper work other than getting your rents pocket money!

Nobody serves the Queen of the UK Gimboid! The Falklanders owe their allegiance to their own elected government, and certainly not to seniorita Botox Jerkner, whose own husband is the head of the Legistlative and half her extended family are govenors or in the provinces government!

You can talk about Foreign debt! where still waiting for your compensation from 1982.

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