Friday, February 3rd 2012 - 16:18 UTC

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

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.

Defence Minister Hammond: The Prince is on a humanitarian mission training focused on the search and rescue.”

“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.”
 

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1 Be serious (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 05:40 pm Report abuse
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.
2 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 05:43 pm Report abuse
Deployment of Prince William in Malvinas is a colonial mission, says “Me”
3 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 06:14 pm Report abuse
2 Marcos

How is it a colonial mission?

What you tried in 1982 was a colonial mission.
4 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 06:38 pm Report abuse
3 The Malvinas are Argentinean

The war of 82 was wrong, how many wars was Britain involved lately?
Iraq and WMD?

One big difference though, our dictators are in jail, Tony Blair(elected) enjoying his millions.
5 Britishbulldog (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 06:47 pm Report abuse
What does it have to do with the Muppet Argentines who we send to the Falkland's seeing that they are British its nothing at all to do with them. Jog on Muppets.

Watched the news last night it showed a few masked young twats that want a good slapping by their parents throwing a few bottles of paint over British Banks, yes that really hurt us all in the UK both the wife and myself fell about the floor laughing at Argentina's way of getting its own back. And people wonder why we call them all Muppets.
6 Conqueror (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 06:58 pm Report abuse
@4 The FALKLAND ISLANDS haven't been Argentinian since the last time you told your boyfriend you wanted to be on top.

Important difference between the UK and Argentina. Even at the age of 85, we have a Queen who is beautiful, intelligent, dignified and respected. You have a fat slag!
7 MurkyThink (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
(6)

You say :

Even the age of 85,we have aQueen who is beatiful,intelligent,dignified and respected.............

I say :

I researched the name of “” the worshiping to elder women syndrome “”
in medicine literature but didn't find it .............

by the way ..........

a statement from her majesty i remembered..
“ Why no one in the Economics profession had seen the crisis coming? ”
8 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 07:39 pm Report abuse
4 Marcos

You started off okay and then you messed it up.

Call me by my name or I'll send Conqueror after you.

LOL! You will never get the islands and you know it. LOL!

Does it really hurt or are you, like me, just having fun on here? Losers!
9 Papamoa (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 08:04 pm Report abuse
@Marcos
You believe what You want and the Rest of the World will accept the Truth, Prince William is in the Falklands on a Training tour in the use of Search & Rescue techiniques!!!!! Since when is that a Military procedure!!!

Long Live the Falklands.
10 briton (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 08:18 pm Report abuse
You say…
a statement from her majesty i remembered..
“ Why no one in the Economics profession had seen the crisis coming? ”

We say..
They did?
But are you going to tell the boss-or shall I
,,,,,,,,,,,

4 Marcos Alejandro

You say..

The war of 82 was wrong,

We say…
Quite correct, next ..

.
11 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
briton

Careful, poor Think has very thin skin and is very easily offended. If you push him too far he will inflict his worst punishment on you. He will call you a turnip and refuse to acknowledge you any more. The loser!
12 you are not first (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 09:08 pm Report abuse
Can someone tell what vaguely the LITTLE PRINCE DOES ? Besides spending the money and enlarging his EGO ( HIS DOG IS TAKING HIS PLACE WITH THE PRINCESS).
THE COMMON ARGENTINIAN PEOPLE WOULD ENJOY PAYING TO A PRINCE RESPECT AND TO BEND FOWARD IF WE WERE BRITS BUT REAL PEOPLE AND WHO NEED REAL WORKERS IN THE OFFICE. THE UGLY WOMAN HAS MORE BALL THAN YOUR LITTLE PRINCE.
TODAY IN MALVINAS, TOMORROW IN SOUTH AFRICA PLAYING WITH THE ELEFANTS AND THE MONKEYS
WHO DO NOT WANT TO BE BRITISH? IT THAT THING YOU ARE SO PROUD ABOUT ?
13 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 09:12 pm Report abuse
You are not first

You wouldn't get it so don't worry your little cotton socks.
14 you are not first (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 09:19 pm Report abuse
Keep dreaming to be one of us, that we need your EGO to accommodate our GREEDY LIFE
The Prince
15 BenC30 (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 09:21 pm Report abuse
12 - Find a link to what the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) does:
www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRoyalFamily/PrinceWilliam/Adayinthelifeof/Overview.aspx

Also provides some fantastic information about our Royal Family - including Prince Andrew who helped out in '82 :)

Your use of CAPS LOCK is a little strange. Obviously technology training is not a strong point in South America. Using CAPITAL LETTERS make it sound like you are shouting. I'm sure you wouldn't do that because that is just childish.
16 you are not first (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 09:41 pm Report abuse
You do not get it. Keep playing with soldiers and plastic toys in your backyard, while the Brits poor class are sent to protect the stolen territories you don't see.
Keep watching movies with weapons, this is the furthest you will go in your life. Do you realize that most of us who are writing/ discussing are doing in other language? CAN YOU ? NO. I am going to share this with my PhD classmates via blackboard to prove my hypothesis about your volatile beliefs regarding this world.
TIME HAS COME TO RETURN THE STOLEN TERRITORIES AROUND THE WORLD.
17 briton (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 09:53 pm Report abuse
The Falklands are British (#)
That’s ok, Briton and think go back aways, we have been on this site years,
He isn’t to bad,

you are not first
allow me
Elephants do not live or originate on the Falklands islands,
As for insulting monkeys
This is just insulting your own related relatives is it not .

.
18 BenC30 (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 09:53 pm Report abuse
The British Armed Forces have some of the most varied people from all classes and various backgrounds. It is not just those from disadvantaged backgrounds. You obviously have no understanding about the British Armed Forces - so how can you possibly comment? For your information we have real weapons not plastic toys. Please remember it is the Argentine armed forces that has the old rusty equipment not the UK. Surely this was proved by 1983? We have no stolen territories to hand back - it is just Argentina's sick little imagination.
19 you are not first (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
I may understand your anger and impotence towards others with natural resources and a great life. Even with the worst governments, still Argentina does not need much to survive in the future. You, on the other hand, needs to still like your ancestors did from the others . Just imagine having sunny days every day you get up. You will never be happier.
I feel sorry about your fate. On top of everything you are a servant to the ROYAL FAMILY
20 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 10:07 pm Report abuse
You are not the first

My my. You are fast becoming my latest little toy. More fun than a virtual pet. Where is your classroom? In Smurf land? Anyway, whatever you say and pass my regards to you students.

I have a feeling their reply will be “la la la lalalal. La la lalalal”
(to the Smurfs theme tune)

You rediculous fool.

Oh time has come huh. Then why am still here?
21 Papamoa (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 10:13 pm Report abuse
@19
You are so funny!!!
Are You an argentine comedian?????????????

Its Great that the knowledge You have is based on argentine propaganda who knows maybe one day the Brazilians will give you a job!!!

Long Live the Falklands

Down with argentine Colonialism.

Down with argentine Corruption.

End argentine Lies.
22 BenC30 (#) Feb 03rd, 2012 - 10:57 pm Report abuse
19 - What is this about sunny days? Northern Europe - the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway all have advanced economies, may not have the best in terms of sunlight but are world leaders in many areas. I'm not sure why you think we would find this offensive? It seems a little strange.

I am not a royal servant. Again, you obviously do not understand what a democratic monarchy is like. I respect the royal family as they do great work especially for those most vulnerable in society. A great website on what the Royal Family is actually like... www.royal.gov.uk/
23 dreyfoss (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 01:04 am Report abuse
“Britain has told Argentina to go back to its own history books to understand why it can have no claim over the Falkland Islands and why there will be no negotiations on sovereignty as it is demanding.”

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/britain-steps-up-its-claim-to-the-falkland-islands-6358942.html
24 Lord Ton (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 02:53 am Report abuse
Dross - I have an answer ;-)

falklandsnews.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/argentina-the-falklands-and-negotiations/
25 you are not first (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 04:22 am Report abuse
Briton, Dreyfoss, BenC30,
I am going to condense you in one answer that BenC30 or “ water”,
”...you obviously do not understand what a DEMOCRATRIC MONARCHY IS
LIKE( BenC30, p.2)

WHAT !!!! Democratic=Monarchy ?????

I will get back when you pass fifth grade. And Thank you for your involuntary participation. What a Joke you are.
My students comments : WOW
26 Lord Ton (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 04:59 am Report abuse
Personally, I like our Monarchy. I'd much rather have a Monarch with little power as Head of State, than any more bloody politicians. And certinly better than the near dictatorship that Argentina has when the Head of State has too much power!

Better a CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY that a FLAWED DEMOCRACY !

Sevants my ar*e :-)
27 stick up your junta (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 09:04 am Report abuse
My my. You are fast becoming my latest little toy. More fun than a virtual pet. Where is your classroom? In Smurf land? Anyway, whatever you say and pass my regards to you students

You are not the first caught on tape
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw5-wbfWSJ4
28 lsolde (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 09:54 am Report abuse
@16 you are not the first,
“THE TIME HAS COME TO RETURN ALL STOLEN TERRITORIES AROUND THE WORLD”
Couldn't agree more my deluded malvinista friend.
So when is Argentina going to return the land that they stole from Paraguay in 1871?
lf you donot but still scream about the Falklands(there are no malvinas), then you & your country are hypocrites señor.
29 Monty69 (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 12:32 pm Report abuse
25 you are not first

You mean they allow you to have students?

And do you teach them to mock and criticise anything they don't understand?

If you really are having trouble understanding what a constitutional monarchy is, then I'd be happy to help. although I'm sure any reputable online encyclopedia will give you some quality information.

Until then I suggest you stop embarassing yourself. Some of the most respected and advanced democracies in the world are also monarchies. Your prejudices are blinding you to the evident reality.
30 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 03:00 pm Report abuse
23 Dreyfuss
“Britain has told Argentina to go back to its own history books...”

I think that might be your problem Drey old boy. The Argentines are reading (and writing) their OWN history books.
31 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 04:13 pm Report abuse
30

“Falkland Islanders have criticised the Government's official history”
too sympathetic to Argentina's claims to the territory”

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/7331547/Official-British-history-of-the-Falklands-War-is-considered-too-pro-Argentina.html
32 The Falklands are British (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 04:23 pm Report abuse
30 Marcos

It's a non-story. A few mistakes were made and then corrected. No harm done. :-)

...and we're still here while impotent Argentina looks on.
33 briton (#) Feb 04th, 2012 - 06:49 pm Report abuse
Prime minister, David Cameron .
Asked whether Britain could still defend the Falkland Islands if Argentina invaded again, Mr Cameron said: “We are capable of protecting the island

In 1981 the Argentineans overran the lightly defended islands, leading to a bloody war.
”I want to send a clear message that we are committed to defending the Falkland Islands as long as the people there want to remain British,“. ”I want Argentina and others to understand that.“
We have got the new aircraft carrier coming, we have got the Type 45 destroyers, we have got the new global combat ship coming on stream, we have got the hunter killer submarines and we have got a replacement for Trident as well.
”There is a big future programme and the Royal Navy is going to pack a huge punch in the future and a lot of that punch will be coming straight out of Plymouth.
www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/want-Plymouth-great-future-says-PM/story-15129881-detail/story.html
Nuclear sub on Falklands patrol... as the flames of fury continue in Argentina
The Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the South Atlantic to protect the Falkland Islands from the threat of Argentine military action.
Prime Minister David Cameron has personally approved plans for one of the Navy’s most sophisticated Trafalgar-class submarines to sail to the region.
Significantly, the heavily-armed vessel is set to be in the islands’ waters by April – the 30th

Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096265/Nuclear-sub-Falklands-patrol--flames-fury-continue-Argentina.html#ixzz1lQzjriOf

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34 Jayne Birkin (#) Feb 05th, 2012 - 06:04 am Report abuse
Boston Herald has a new opinion piece on the matter, siding with the British:

bostonherald.com/news/opinion/editorials/view/20220205time_to_back_britain
35 row82 (#) Feb 06th, 2012 - 12:36 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.
36 dreyfoss (#) Feb 06th, 2012 - 01:10 pm Report abuse
why are you attacking me? I just posted a newspaper story - I didn't comment on it.
sheesh.
37 cLOHO (#) Feb 06th, 2012 - 06:50 pm Report abuse
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2106143,00.html?xid=gonewsedit

Peaceful Argentine bullying

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