Stories for April 2nd 2012
UK launched on Monday at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire a series of low key commemorative events to be held over the next 11 weeks, to remember 30 years of the day the Falkland Islands were invaded.
Unasur Secretary General Maria Emma Mejia met on Monday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and delivered a statement from the twelve countries of the region in support of Argentina’s sovereignty claim over the Malvinas Islands.
Argentine radical groups fought several hours with riot police in Buenos Aires protecting the British embassy on the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Falklands/Malvinas war between Argentina and the UK.
President Cristina Fernandez has sent a letter to the Red Cross asking the international organization to intercede before the UK so that the remains of Argentine and British soldiers in the Falkland Islands which are still unknown, 30 years after the beginning of the Malvinas war can be identified.
On the 30th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict, the member of the Royal Navy who was responsible for coordinating the attack on the Argentina Navy cruiser “General Belgrano” spoke to UK-based newspaper “The News,” in Portsmouth and explained the steps that led up to the attack that caused 323 deaths and why it was justified at the time.
The UK’s Falkland Islands All-party Parliamentary Group stated on Monday that “no British government will negotiate with Argentina the sovereignty of the South Atlantic archipelago.”
The Royal Navy announced that Portsmouth-based warship HMS Dauntless sails on Wednesday, April 4, for a six-month routine deployment to the South Atlantic, relieving HMS Montrose that is on her way back home.
In a statement entitled “Why we still want to work with Argentina”, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict, Foreign Secretary William Hague, stressed UK’s eagerness to work with Argentina on several aspects surrounding the Falkland Islands issue.
By John Fowler - Maybe because the days in the Falklands get noticeably shorter from now on and the onset of winter inevitable, April is nobody's favourite month here. To add to the gathering gloom at this time, hardly a year goes by without some journalist – usually Argentinean – ringing the office to ask how we are 'celebrating' the second of April, which marks the anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falklands in 1982.
Green light for Uruguayan flight to Falklands; Argentine ambassador says it’s not commercially viable
The Uruguayan government through the Ministry of Defence gave the green light to a local air cargo company, Airclass which requested authorization to make a commercial flight to the Falkland Islands sometime this month.