Falklands military exercises ‘routine’ and part of the defensive military presence
The British government said that the military exercises scheduled to be carried out in the Falkland Islands beginning Monday are “annual and routine exercises.” The move had been strongly condemned by the Argentine government.
A spokesperson for the British Defence Ministry in London reacted to Argentina’s condemnation of the exercises scheduled to take place between the 8th and the 19th of October.
The spokesman said it is just a routine exercise, carried out once a year and part of the “defensive military presence of British troops on the Falkland Islands”.
The UK MoD reaction comes after the Argentine Foreign Ministry filed a formal protest before the British embassy and denounced that the military exercises “constitute a flagrant contradiction to the calls by the international community to try and solve the Malvinas controversy in a peaceful way.”
The Argentine government considers the military exercises as “an element of provocation” and they are not welcome by the countries of the region working to make the South Atlantic a zone of peace free of military tensions and absurd military power exhibitions”.
The official Argentine releases said that the “growing militarization of the Islands” has been condemned by Unasur, Mercosur and by the recent summit of leaders from South America and Arab countries, which was held in Lima.