Wednesday, February 1st 2012 - 16:05 UTC

Prince William leaves for the Falklands Wednesday night from Brize Norton

The British government confirmed that Prince William begins this Wednesday his six week deployment in the disputed Falkland Islands as a helicopter pilot when he flies out from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire tonight.

The heir of the British throne will be deployed at MPA as a search and rescue helicopter pilot

The deployment of Prince William is earlier than expected, and comes following Tuesday’s announcement that the Royal Navy will be sending one of its most advanced warships, HMS Dauntless, to the Falklands in mid March, which triggered an immediate reaction from the Argentine Foreign Affairs ministry.

Prince William will be crewing one of two search-and-rescue helicopters on call 24 hours a day for missions flying out of the large Mount Pleasant complex, a 45 minutes drive from Port Stanley and which the British military mounted following the Falklands’ conflict when the Argentine invaded the Islands 2 April 1982.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman slammed Prince William's visit, saying that the heir to the British throne would be arriving to the Malvinas Islands as a member of the armed forces of his country dressing the uniform of “conqueror and not with the wisdom of a statesman that works for peace and dialogue among nations”.

However, the British Ministry of Defence stressed that the mission was routine as the Royal Navy press officer rejected suggestions the decision to send the ultra-modern destroyer HMS Dauntless to the region represented an escalation of the UK's position.

Referring to the deployment of HMS Dauntless and William's tour of duty as an RAF search and rescue pilot, Argentine minister Timerman last night expressed his rejection to “the British attempt to militarize the conflict'”.

Last year when the original announcement many Argentine government officials considered William's deployment as a provocative act that shows Britain's military presence in a zone of peace where there is no armed conflict.

“The Royal Navy has had a continuous presence in the South Atlantic for many years. The deployment of HMS Dauntless to the South Atlantic has been long planned: it is entirely routine and replaces another ship on patrol”, UK's Royal Navy Senior Press Office Simon Smith stressed.

In addition to the deployment of HMS Dauntless, Jeremy Browne, the British Foreign Office minister responsible for relations with Latin America and Overseas Territories announced he will visit the Islands in June.

“I’m going to coincide with the conclusion of the Falklands conflict. I will be going in June for the 30th anniversary” said Minister Browne.

“I hope Argentines will see it for what it is, which is a recognition of the valour and sacrifice of British soldiers and the Islanders in the liberation of the islands 30 years ago and also a wider commemoration of the sacrifice made more generally, including by Argentines”, he said.
 

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1 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 04:21 pm Report abuse
William the Conqueror should help Cameron with the failed India deal instead.
Buuaaaaaaa

“Prime minister will contact Delhi to understand the reasons behind favouring French Rafale fighters over British ones”

www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/feb/01/cameron-india-eurofighter-typhoon-deal
2 Wireless (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 04:48 pm Report abuse
Business is business, you win a contract you lose a contract, and France is entitled to sell its hardware like any other nation, in fact I believe this is their first actual export of the Rafale. Doesn't matter to us, France is our military partner anyway, you banana republics make such mountains out of mole hills.
3 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 05:21 pm Report abuse
Don't worry Wireless about that failed deal, the fairy prince will stick you with his tiny magic wand in a few days.
4 Teaboy2 (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:28 pm Report abuse
@3 you clearly could not come up with any kind of response to wireless and decided to make up a lame response based on fairy tales. Lol just how far will you go before you realise how stupid you just made yourselve look.

Ohh but then your good at making yourself look stupid, you are a brainwashed argentine cry baby afterall - but being a cry baby does explain your knowledge on fairy tales, especially the fairy tale known as the malvinas island.. ;-)))
5 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:32 pm Report abuse
Don't worry Coffeeboy , the fairy prince will stick you with his tiny magic wand in a few days.
6 Monty69 (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
It doesn't get any funnier when you repeat it, Marcos.
7 O gara (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:37 pm Report abuse
Is he as mad as the rest of the Windsors?He probably is somewhat more sane with Diana not having any known blood relationsghip with old Charlie but she was hardly the full shilling as our older englaih friends would say.
8 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:42 pm Report abuse
Do you think the prince will get paninis and weak squash like everyone else on the flight or special catering just for him or will the whole flight get better than usual offerings?

LOL!
9 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:45 pm Report abuse
6 Monty69 You are already married to Mr M, so the fairy prince will not stick you with his tiny magic wand in a few days.
10 Frank (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:58 pm Report abuse
@6 Parrots tend to repeat themselves all the time....''Awk....Marcos wants a cracker...Awk.... etc etc...'
11 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 08:00 pm Report abuse
Yes Pastor..
12 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 08:30 pm Report abuse
Tell me, if the royal navy sent a ship to the western isles or the isle of white, would Argentina thus complain that it is aggressive,
The next time the British military send tanks and soldiers to Wiltshire, will Argentina complain,
When the RAF fly over breccons will CFK get up set,
If the UK governments sends a type 45 to Gibraltar will Argentina claim is as provocative,

Seeing as these places are all British, you wonder why we and the world just think you are silly and childish, the fact is, it has nothing, but nothing to do with Argentina what goes on in British territory,
Is that just too hard for you to grasp,
Perhaps if the Falklands islanders started to condemn Argentina every time YOU send a ship or plane or a soldier around argentine territory, you might , just might understand what it is like when total strangers start telling you what you can and cannot do in your own house,

.thanks.
13 mendoc (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 12:25 am Report abuse
5 Marcos Alejandro

are you for real?
14 Karl101 (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 12:58 am
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15 Lord Ton (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 01:37 am Report abuse
falklandsnews.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/argentina-a-history-of-petty-stunts/

Silly Stunts !!
16 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 01:40 am Report abuse
14 Karl101 If I was one I woulnd't have a problem to say it.
I like women only sorry, ask your Prince Charles for that Karlito..
17 tobias (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 02:08 am Report abuse
Ah, how wonderful, Mercopress endorsing homophobic remarks?
18 Teaboy2 (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 05:06 am Report abuse
@5 Really marcos, not only have you shown yourself to be homophobic by making what can only be construed as a homophobic orientated remark, but you have also shown us just how lacking you are in size (e.g. tiny magic wand - Mines a fucking extra large one with the magic balls to go with it) but you have also shown just how completely unimaginative you are by referring to me as coffeeboy. You do realise their is no difference between a coffeeboy and a teaboy other than the type of drink they serve, the rest of their duties are the same. In fact am surprised given the homophobic tone of your post, you did not call me gayboy, but then you probably don't have the imagination to come up with that one.

And for the record i have a girlfriend so i have no interes in yours or anyones tiny magic wand (or wands of other sizes). So you can go play with your wand by yourself marcos. Though clearly your probably doing that right now and no doubt your keyboard is covered in cheese too as a result.

It never surprises me as to want turns some people on. Enjoy your climatix ending Marcos lol.
19 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 05:19 am Report abuse
18CoffeeBoy
homophobic? not really you fool,
Read the comment of your British friend #14 Karl101.
I just said that I wouldn't have a problen to say that I was one nor I have a problem to say that I like women only. In Argentina the gay comunity is treated with respect like anybody else.
20 JustinKuntz (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 08:16 am Report abuse
Anyone making homophobic remarks should note that homophobia is strongly associated with latent homosexuality and an inability to come to terms with it.

The prince is a search rescue pilot, the crap about “conqueror's uniform” shows them up to be a bunch of muppets.
21 teaberry (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 09:16 am Report abuse
Cannot believe how sad the Argies are, William is coming here because of his job, he has been posted here as a pilot you mad bunch of hill billies.............get a grip.................. well guess that's not possible.....it not in their nature to think...they will always just see what they want to......... get a life.
22 Teaboy2 (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 09:23 am Report abuse
@marcos, so stating that the “fairy prince will stick you with his tiny wand” is not homophobic is it marcos, i think you will find that it can easily be considered as being an homophobic comment, as the words “tiny wand” could easily be used as a replacement for the words tiny penis. So i find your comments very insulting as well as homophobic and it is my prerogative and mine alone to take your comments as being homophobic when directed at me or at others. Clearly you are the only one here making reference to people being sticked (e.g. poked) with the fairy princes wand, no one else is.

Your last response is nothing more than a pathetic attempt at trying to weasle your way out of making such homophobic comments. And by the way, it wouldn't matter if you were gay or not as a homophobic comment direct at other(s) is still homophobic regardless of the sexuality of the person making that comment.

And as Justin points out in post #20 “Anyone making homophobic remarks should note that homophobia is strongly associated with latent homosexuality and an inability to come to terms with it.” which would clearly counter your excuses in your post #19 where you try to claim your comments are not homophobic on the basis you would not have a problem to say if you was one - Was one what, eh marcus? You mean if you was a gay person! Referring to them as “one”, as though they were a mere object or number is yet more homophobic thinking on your part.
23 lsolde (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 10:57 am Report abuse
lts not Argentina's business what we do.
When Prince William comes here, he's welcome & its got nothing to do with silly Argentina.
What if he bought a house here & decided to stay? Do you stupid malvinistas think that we need your approval?
Keep your long nose out of our business.
24 Valle Ricardo (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 01:20 pm Report abuse
19 Marcos Alejandro

homophobic? not really you fool,

Oh so your undecided then? Just a little bit perhaps.
25 Filippo (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 02:04 pm Report abuse
In 1970's my father responsible for helping to disappear many thousands of political traitors from this country but his work was undo by failiur of our coward military to win Las Mavlinas battle. But always remember that parents of disapeared were praising their government when we re-occupied Las Malvinas, this is proof that people believe in our country more than they care for their family. This is what make Argentine such strong country.

We can be strong again, with all our might and all our passion directed at Las Malvinas and ignore all our problem at home, we can again be strong.

Never give in to English colonials because our blood is thicker than water and the blood of Las Malvinas I believe is black gold for which many of us with right connections can get very rich from....
26 geo (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 03:46 pm Report abuse
** 25 flip

I guess Hugo Moyano knows your father ??
27 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 04:53 pm Report abuse
24 Valle Ricardo No I am not, are you talking about yourself or Justin? :-)

Coffeeboy, “tiny wand” could easily be used as a replacement for the words tiny penis“
How can you say that? Sorry that you have that problem.
Nice book for you to read:
”The Little Prince and His Magic Wand”
written by Jillian M. Curtis

www.amazon.com/Little-Prince-His-Magic-Wand/dp/1598580108
28 briton (#) Feb 02nd, 2012 - 07:56 pm Report abuse
Today the prince arrived in civilised Falklands islands,

today a tine minority uncivilised indoctrinated people of Argentina, burnt union jacks , smashed windows of British banks, and other British property ,,, now I wonder if the world, watching these events on TV, can tell, who are the civilised, and who the indoctrinated are .
29 lsolde (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 12:55 pm Report abuse
l don't know about tiny wand, but Marcos has a tiny mind.
30 briton (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
Marcos perhaps wish he was british,
mmmmm
31 row82 (#) Feb 06th, 2012 - 12:40 am Report abuse
Argentines are not very bright, given the choice between fascism and democracy they have chosen fascism every time. Given the choice between American hegemony and being an independent nation, they have chosen America hegemony every time, characterised by its attendant secret police (NSA, CIA, Special Forces and other such gestapo trappings, including their own) and an attendant military or militant right government.

Given the choice between being diplomacy and child like spats of anger and lies, they choose child like spats of anger and lies.

Argentina has never recovered from being a wannabe be Axis power in the 1930's. Argentina's version of fascism (like that of Spain's) remained undefeated by WW2 Allied powers. It hadn't even had to fight a real civil war to maintain power, just murder 50,000-100,000 of its own unarmed political activists and we all know how easy that was for their brave and heroic military men, like their hero Commander Astiz.

It took the Falklands War to shake the Argentines into some semblance of reality. Remove their military government and see the Americans as something other than a benevolent uncle, rather more like a the uncle you kept your children away from, you know the one in the old mack who always had his hands in his pockets and a grimace on his lips.

But within a few short years a girl came alone, a wannabe Eva Peron and took them all the way back to year zero! And the Argentine people gave up their collective memory and switched back to servile child.

In the West it's very difficult to understand how the average Argentine thinks. We have to imagine how our own per-adolescent children think and we can then get into their mindset. Give them a box of toy soldiers & some flags to play with and they are as happy as pie, tell them that they can't own Tracey Island though and they will cry their eyes out.

At school, the teachers would always tell them “Tracey Island” was their's. Even though the reality was, it wasn't..

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