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Falklands’ lawmaker to address decolonization regional seminar in Ecuador

Thursday, May 31st 2012 - 00:42 UTC
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Falkland Islands Member of the elected Legislative Assembly Roger Edwards is scheduled to address the UN Special Committee on Decolonization regional seminar which opened Wednesday May 30 in Quito, capital of Ecuador. Read full article

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  • Lord Ton

    Britain will be observing at the Cochabamba OAS General Assembly meeting and emails from commenters who wish to show solidarity for Falkland Islanders right to self-determination should email to Rachel Edis, listed as the UK Permanent Observer to the OAS, at: rachel.edis@fco.gov.uk

    May 31st, 2012 - 03:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Edwards was born in Portsmouth, England.
    Just saying...

    May 31st, 2012 - 04:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • slattzzz

    so what I was born in Bermuda and I'm still British so trot on

    May 31st, 2012 - 05:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    You should've sent the colonial governor to Ecuador instead...oh wait a minute Haywood is another new arrival from England.

    May 31st, 2012 - 05:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    Marcos Alejandro is not a Native American name so you can't preach. “Just saying”.

    May 31st, 2012 - 06:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Furry-Fat-Feck

    @2 Marcos Alejandro (#) May 31st, 2012 - 04:53 am

    Completely irrelevant.

    Just saying.

    May 31st, 2012 - 06:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tabutos

    Edwards is also married to a native of the island

    May 31st, 2012 - 07:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    It will still distill down to what the Falklanders want- as it should for all the others in similar circumstances- otherwise, none of us are free.

    May 31st, 2012 - 08:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @2 Totally irrelevant . Marcos, are people foreign to Argentina not allowed to become Argentine citizens? Well said @5-Marcos Alejandro doesn't sound like a native American name.

    May 31st, 2012 - 08:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    @Marcos

    María Eugenia Estenssoro is a Bolivian-born Argentine politician, journalist and activist for women's rights. She represents the city of Buenos Aires in the Argentine Senate.

    May 31st, 2012 - 08:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BritishLion

    Edwards is a hard working Islander who has much experience of the Islands, it's people, commerce and politics. He and his family are a product of all that is good about the Falkland Islands and Roger is an excellent candidate to speak at this UN Committee. Any changes 'forced' on them from outside will destroy the islands people and turn it into a waste land of drunk Goucho's.

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • TipsyThink

    This guy ( Roger Edwards) seems like who is London high class resident rather than from Islands' Legislative Assembly,might be remote professional.

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @12 So?

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    Stop that foolishness of being native or not. Unless you are prepared to take on and relocate the (almost) entire US population inside British borders, the arguments are pointless... Argentines are natives to Argentina, US citizens to USA, Britons to Britain and the (real) Islanders to Malvinas/Falklands. British forces in the islands are native to Britain though, and very much unwanted in SA. The islanders have no right to hold foreign military in our region, as little as Argentina has any right to invade their freedom

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    So, Guzz, does that mean you want all foreign troops out of South American countries?

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • War Monkey

    @14 Guzz (#)
    May 31st, 2012 - 09:23 am
    Guzz. Where an islander was born is irrelevant, the UN will tell you that and once again I find myself reminding you that it is none of you business anyway and neither is the deployment of British forces on British territory. You do not dictate to us, we don't listen and you are wasting your time.

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    “The islanders have no right to hold foreign military in our region”

    I love the way you just make stuff up. What prevents them having this right - other than you don't like it?

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mcarling

    @14 Guzz: “The islanders have no right to hold foreign military in our region, ....”

    Three problems with this statement:

    1. The Falkland Islanders, like everyone else, absolutely have the right to welcome foreign troops for any reasons they might see fit.

    2. British troops are not foreign on British territory.

    3. The Falkland Islands are not part of South America and therefore not part of Guzz's region.

    May 31st, 2012 - 10:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    @2
    so what., the front runner for the vacant job of archbishop of canterbury could well be John Sentamu and he is from Kampala in Uganda. Citizens are citzens.

    May 31st, 2012 - 10:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • honoria

    @12 Tipsy Think
    You have a very strange idea of who lives in the Falklands. Many of us are qualified in a broad range of professions. Lots of us wear suits. Some of us wear really expensive suits. All of us brush our teeth and comb our hair every morning. I hope that makes things clearer.

    May 31st, 2012 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rob the argentine

    #18
    Let me say that Falkland Islands is, and always will be, part of South America. What the rest of south american countries must learn is to see you as you are: free people living according your wishes. I hope this will happen soon!!

    May 31st, 2012 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    @20
    I bet Roger Edwards combs his eyebrows too!
    ;-)

    May 31st, 2012 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britishbulldog

    2 Marcos Alejandro-----
    Piss of Marcus you are not a native of South America your just a colonist who has stolen land from the rightful owners and then helped to fuck the county up. Now piss of and come back when you have grovelled on your hands and knees for forgiveness to the rightful owners of all South America, bunch of colonists pigs. Just saying.

    May 31st, 2012 - 11:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    23
    Nobody is native to any country if you go far enough back in history...
    Instead of going back, try addressing the present. And in the present, Britain arer the colonialists...

    May 31st, 2012 - 12:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    1 Lord Ton

    I have sent mine! :o)

    May 31st, 2012 - 12:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    @24 Guzz
    The Falklands having be formally claimed by the British in 1765 has a legitimacy stretching back 50 years longer than Argentina and since you have taken the present as your benchmark then you are the colonialists.

    May 31st, 2012 - 12:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    26 Musky
    Britain claims everything, Belize, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, the Falklands, Northern Ireland... It doesn't mean it's theirs for the grab, though...

    May 31st, 2012 - 12:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • War Monkey

    @27 Guzz (#)
    May 31st, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    And Argentina claims everything else including the Falkland Islands. It doesn't mean it is theirs to have.

    May 31st, 2012 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    Agreed
    Now, bring your troops home to Britain :)

    May 31st, 2012 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    Best wishes to MLA Roger Edwards on his address to C24! With his participation, at least the C24 will have some real star power, and CFK can watch a Falkland Islander in action.

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Benson

    @14 The islanders have no right to hold foreign military in our region, as little as Argentina has any right to invade their freedom

    If it wasn't for our noisy neighbours they wouldn't be there. Argentina drops their claim and they'll happily go home. No matter how much that Argentina says it will only “recover” the Falklands through peaceful means, Falkland Islanders would live in fear without a British garison there.

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • War Monkey

    @29 Guzz (#)
    May 31st, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    You really are wasting your time dictating to us how to deploy our own armed forces on our own territory. Get over yourself, you have no say in this matter.

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    Monkey
    It's not your territory, it's the self-governing islanders territory. Well, according to yourselves...

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    18 mcarling “3. The Falkland Islands are not part of South America”
    Of course, they are probably in England somewhere.
    Malvinas islands are part of South America and Argentina though.

    Mr Edwards not only was born in England like his colonial governor Haywood, he served as a royal marine and retired in 1982, the he moved to Malvinas, Argentina.
    Just saying.

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Let's ask an Islander. What do you say, honoria? Are the Falkland Islands in South America?
    @21 Just your worthless opinion!
    @24 Just your worthless opinion!
    @27 Belize is independent. For the rest, we don't have to grab. Ours. By their choice. Now, how does the 12% of “your” population that isn't white European by ancestry feel about their position?
    @29 “Our” troops are staying exactly where they are. Until their hosts say otherwise.
    @31 Let's be realistic. Sooner or later, the maniacs on the “mainland” will take a step too far. It might be interfering with a British vessel. It might be sailing a couple of yards into the EEZ. It might be interfering with a civil aircraft en-route. It might be an unauthorised landing. Wonder what happens to argie “special forces” caught on British territory? Do we have a trial? Or do we just “dispose” of them?

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Guzz

    35
    They feel Uruguayan, my own little warmonkey :)
    The problem is that you are your own hosts...

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MistyThink

    @ 20
    Why dont you want to be a realistic !
    You might prefer Carribean Islands to live mildly-perfectly
    Let the soldiers to defend these cold islands.

    May 31st, 2012 - 01:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ExPat 1987

    2
    Marcos Alejandro/Mike Bingham

    You were born in the UK......

    May 31st, 2012 - 02:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rodM

    it belongs to those who were born there, simple, by definition we become nationialised by birth, spanish decent , born in argentina , argentinian, african decent, born in britain, british, british ,born in the falklands...

    yes its not a country but you cant have it both ways. besides the falkland islands have never been argentinian, french, spanish and yes british but never argentinian.

    May 31st, 2012 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve-32-uk

    Most of the countries that make up the 'special committee' have openly supported Argentina's claim on the Falkland Islands before this seminar started. Thus rendering this entire process a joke, they probably wrote their statement and recommendations out weeks ago.
    Surely the special committee should be made up from neutral countries!

    What would happen if all the Non-Self-Governing Territories representatives walked out, in protest?

    May 31st, 2012 - 02:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    38 ExPat 1987, Thank you for reminding me.
    http://www.falklands.net/FalklandsCorruption.shtml

    May 31st, 2012 - 03:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Furry-Fat-Feck

    @33 Guzz (#) May 31st, 2012 - 01:18 pm

    De Facto. It is the Falkland Islanders territory. We take our direction from them. Not you.

    May 31st, 2012 - 03:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    @26 Guzz
    Britain will uphold the right of the BOTs to align with Britain. In all cases each BOT can choose to stay as they are or make their own way in the world. You should know that within the confines of british territory, freedom (within reason... no incitement to religious-nationalistic hatred is tolerated in law) is the british way (paid for in blood) and we'll uphold this right. If you visit the countries you've listed you won't find Juntas or dictators or secret police (except maybe Johnny English) , you'll find the majority of people who want to remain british until such time that they want to leave... and we won't stop'em.

    May 31st, 2012 - 03:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • honoria

    @35 Conqueror
    Do I think the Falkland Islands are in South America? - that is an interesting question! When I look at an atlas, the Falklands is right there, off the coast of South America. When I look out of the window I don't see a South American country. Whenever I visit South America I am always surprised on arrival to be reminded how very different it isfrom the Falklands. I suppose the answer to the question is yes, the Falkland Islands are part of the South American continent but no, we are not a South American country.

    May 31st, 2012 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Max

    & 37

    May be...she is from a soldier family !

    May 31st, 2012 - 06:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    It is about time someone put the Falkland Islander's case to the C24 and dispelled a few Argentine historical inaccuracies.

    May 31st, 2012 - 07:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    guzz / marcos
    anti british.

    May 31st, 2012 - 07:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • THEMan

    @36 What do you mean we claim Northern Iraland? The Protestants broke off from the Republic and joined the UK. And just a polite reminder that the UN is going to be disbanded in the next 60 years when resources run out, and we all wage war on each other for our resources, unless some bright spark can come up with a renewable but EFFICIENT form of energy. Solar,hydro and wind aren't efficient

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rob the argentine

    #44 Honoria
    you are right, Falkland Islands are part of South American continent, that does not means it must be like the other countries in the continent. Anyway, I hope that all the continent accept islanders and their rights to self determination. Let's give Peace a chance!! As argentine my best to the Islands and islanders.

    May 31st, 2012 - 09:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    Well said Rob. It only takes a little time, but in the end the awfull KKs will be gone and sanity will once again reign in Argentina.

    Jun 01st, 2012 - 12:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Furry-Fat-Feck

    Amen Simon and Rob. All Argentina needs is fair and stable governance over a sustained period and to leave other people alone. When that happens Argentina will be truly great because the potential is definitely there.

    Jun 01st, 2012 - 04:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @46-correct, the Islanders need to keep upping their profile and exposing the Argentine fairy stories for the fantasy they are.

    Jun 02nd, 2012 - 11:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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