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Deployment of Prince William in Falklands is a routine mission, says MoD

Friday, February 3rd 2012 - 16:18 UTC
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Defence Minister Hammond: The Prince is on a humanitarian mission training focused on the search and rescue.” Defence Minister Hammond: The Prince is on a humanitarian mission training focused on the search and rescue.”

UK’s Defence Minister Philip Hammond reiterated Friday that the deployment of Prince Williams to the Falkland Islands is a routine mission planned long ago, and rejected suggestions the decision to send the heir to the throne to the region represented an escalation of the UK's position.

“Prince William is a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer, who will be conducting helicopter search and rescue trainings as part of a routine mission. All RAF pilots spend some training time in the Islands”, Hammond told reporters in Brussels, where he arrived to participate in the NATO Defence Ministers summit.”

“His presence shouldn’t trigger any tensions. The Prince is on a humanitarian mission training focused on the search and rescue.”

The heir to the British throne will be crewing one of two search-and-rescue helicopters on call 24 hours a day for missions flying out of a large British military base, 45 minutes from Port Stanley, the Falklands’ capital.

Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman slammed Prince William's visit, saying it is an act of provocation as the Prince “will be arriving with the uniform of a conqueror, and not with the wisdom of a statesman that works toward the world’s peace, and the promotion of open dialogue between nations.”

Also referring to William's tour of duty as an RAF search and rescue pilot, Timerman expressed his rejection to “the British attempt to militarise the conflict.”
 

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Be serious

    it is an act of provocation as the Prince “will be arriving with the uniform of a conqueror, and not with the wisdom of a statesman that works toward the world’s peace, and the promotion of open dialogue between nations.”

    So the Argentinians now want to dictate what Prince William
    wears.
    I don't think so.

    Anyway, I insist that the repulsive Kirchner woman wears a Yashmak otherwise it will be a provocation...... to throw up.

    Feb 03rd, 2012 - 05:40 pm 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Deployment of Prince William in Malvinas is a colonial mission, says “Me”

    Feb 03rd, 2012 - 05:43 pm 0
  • The Falklands are British

    2 Marcos

    How is it a colonial mission?

    What you tried in 1982 was a colonial mission.

    Feb 03rd, 2012 - 06:14 pm 0
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