Friday, December 7th 2012 - 14:23 UTC

Falklands & Southern Oceans Department re-established at the Foreign Office

The reestablishment of a Falklands Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been announced by Peter Hayes, Director of the Overseas Territories, on Wednesday.

Martin Longden, who has visited the Falklands, will head the Department

As part of a restructure of the Overseas Territories Directorate (OTD), three new departments will sit underneath OTD.

Martin Longden, who has visited the Falkland Islands twice since joining OTD in early 2011, will head the new Falklands & Southern Oceans Department.

Similarly, the Polar Regions Unit which has responsibility for South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, will now be known as Polar Regions Department, headed by Jane Rumble.

Mr Hayes commented: “Whilst much of the rationale for this change is to bring OTD’s structures into line with other FCO Directorates, the reestablishment of a Falklands Department also reflects the increasing political importance that Ministers and senior officials attribute to our Falklands work.

“Supporting the Islanders’ right to self-determination and economic development is a key FCO objective for 2012/13. We have increased by half the size of the Falklands team in London, whilst employing extra resource across our diplomatic network to assist with this effort (including new positions in Washington DC and Stanley).”

He said HMG and FIG together had made significant progress in promoting the rights of the Islanders. (Penguin News).-
 

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1 Britworker (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 02:44 pm Report abuse
Sounds like the FCO have started to get some fire in their bellies, not before time. An office in Washington DC is a smart move
2 José Malvinero (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 02:45 pm Report abuse
Ja, Ja, Ja!, Pirates, thieves .... “also reflects the increasing political importance that Ministers and senior officials attribute to our Falklands work”.“Supporting the Islanders’ right to self-determination and economic development is a key FCO objective for 2012/13”. Both statements go together, as the growing importance addresses the seizure of millions of square kilometers of the Argentine Sea and the projection to Antarctica Argentina is what interests them, and all camouflaged with the Ultra-False-Self Determination them is great.
Oh, regarding the South Georgia and South Sandwich Argentinas will vote the referndum penguins.
3 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 03:21 pm Report abuse
@02 José
“Oh, regarding the South Georgia and South Sandwich Argentinas will vote the referndum penguins.”

Olé, use English please.
4 Pugol-H (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 03:42 pm Report abuse
@2 José Malvinero
They are administering, “millions of square kilometers of”, what is, and always has been British Territory.

Truth is you have run out of S. America to conquer from the Indians, so you think you can now colonise British Territory in the S. Atlantic/Antarctic. The difference is that unlike Atahulapa, the British have more than just bows and arrows with which to defend their territory.

Give the referendum to the Patagonian Indians, see what they think about being colonised by Argentina.
5 Pirate Love (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 03:59 pm Report abuse
@2 lets face it, there nothing you can do! but keep crying isnt it greeeeaaaat?

tune in 2013 The Falklands referendum, you will love it :)

SELF-DETERMINATION! Dont cry for us Argentina!
6 Chatcat (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
@4 Pughol-H Yep...we should always stand firm to remind these odious nationalists that what they did to the Atahulapa will never be repeated with our people.

@5 Pirate Love You are so right...let them squeal all they like but never get what they want...it is great knowing we have history & the future on our side..
7 Conqueror (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 04:44 pm Report abuse
@2 Oh ho. Where is “Antarctica Argentina”? Is it that part of the British Antarctic Territory that Hitler told you it was OK to claim in 1942 when both you and he thought he was going to win the war? Shame he didn't win, wasn't it? Did you know that he's dead now? His “promises” mean nothing. We kicked his arse. Just like we kicked yours! Typical argies. Waste of time, space and air!
8 ChrisR (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 06:07 pm Report abuse
Good move, if somewhat delayed.

Anything that will send the message home to all open minded people of any nation that the Falkland Islanders (there are STILL no Malvinas you prats) are well settled, mature people, more than capable of running their affairs properly, has to be the correct thing to do.

I do hope that the UN C24 is instructed to take notice, in accordance to the UN Mandate, of the result of the referendum, as well as the request to be removed from the Decolonisation List.

Quite why this committee is still in existence is a mystery given the clear bias openly shown by the chairman toward Argentina and at the expence of the Islanders.
9 briton (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 06:48 pm Report abuse
It’s always nice to be part of a friendly and trustworthy family,

Rather than a CFK controlled dictatorship,

Something these Argies will never understand,

That’s why bloggers like 2 José Malvinero
Know not what they say, but what others tell em to say.
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10 Joe Bloggs (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 07:24 pm Report abuse
Quite bizarrely the Argentine Government have more personnel on their Malvinas equivalent. Good use of tax payers money CFK.
11 Doveoverdover (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 09:46 pm Report abuse
@8 So, who is that is going to instruct the C24 sovereign nations to “take notice” of the Referendum? Not the SG, he's a servant of the member States. The 4th Committee perhaps? Just one problem with that; all the C24 members are also in the 4th Committee. International politics, don't you just wish it was in the hands of Sun readers?
@10 I think you'll find we have a number of Civil Servants forward deployed that more than compensates.
12 Joe Bloggs (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 10:44 pm Report abuse
11

Everyone can see right through you. You're not fooling anyone.
13 Doveoverdover (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 11:07 pm Report abuse
@11 Transparency is a quality much to be admired and, you are right, I am not fooling anyone with my factual statements about the real world. Seldom do facts stray into any of your posts.
14 lsolde (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 10:12 am Report abuse
@12 Joe Bloggs,
ln complete agreance with you, he even sounds fake.
@13 Dod,
JB's posts make a lot of sense, unlike yours.
@2 José Malv,
Of course South Georgia & the SS lslands are ours, NOT yours.
And we are keeping them, so we can us them as bases to exploit British(NOT Argentine)Antarctica.
You didn't think that all that snow & ice(& minerals, coal & oil!)was yours, did you? ha!
You just concentrate on your own land & be grateful that no-one else “claims” Patagonia.
We were there before you, you know!
15 Doveoverdover (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 10:24 am Report abuse
@14 Sense that only suits your sensibilities is what's false. As an example of emotional inconsistency we need not go further than the rest of your fact free post. SG&SSI and BAT are British; they belong to UK not the Falkland Islands. In fact the FI also belong to UK so don't abuse the freedom this gives you.
16 lsolde (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 12:29 pm Report abuse
@15 Dod,
Don't bother with your views, mate.
We all know what you are.
Majority of your posts are completely fact free, as is obvious to anyone.
Right, you've had your 2 minutes worth, thats it for people like you. Cheers
17 Doveoverdover (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 01:13 pm Report abuse
@16 Fact free admonishment. So very very typical. At least, to your credit, you avoided childish name calling.
18 Pete Bog (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 01:34 pm Report abuse
@14
“You just concentrate on your own land & be grateful that no-one else “claims” Patagonia.
We were there before you, you know!”

I don't think the Rgs have read 'From the Falklands to Patagonia by Mainwaring.
19 Brit Bob (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 02:17 pm Report abuse
@2

You have allowed yourself to be brainwashed with lies and propaganda. Take some time out and read:

www.falklandshistory.org

Also take some more time out to digest Argentina's 102nd spot (down from 100th place) in the World's Transparency Index 2012.

cpi.transparency.org/
20 ChrisR (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 03:39 pm Report abuse
13 Doveoverdover

Why are you talking to yourself?

And perhaps Sun readers would be less corrupt than the members of the C24.
21 emerald (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 06:19 pm Report abuse
15 Doveoverdover

Why are you talking yourself ?

16 Isolde

Why are you talking yourself ?

17 Doveoverdover

Why are you talking yourself ?
22 Doveoverdover (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 06:44 pm Report abuse
@21 Very Good! Subtle, ironic, witty and daring all rolled into one pithy post. I would welcome more quality posts from you.
23 emerald (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 09:54 pm Report abuse
*22*

You are 66 Ford pickup ,so i can't drive you like a new Porsche .
24 lsolde (#) Dec 09th, 2012 - 12:03 pm Report abuse
@22 Dod,
At least you have sense of humour.
Your sarcastic reply to #21 emerald, brought a smile to my face.
l like constructive sarcasm.
@23 emerald,
one of my friends had a Chevy pickup. great machine.
25 Nostrolldamus The 2nd (#) Dec 09th, 2012 - 04:18 pm Report abuse
”You didn't think that all that snow & ice(& minerals, coal & oil!)was yours, did you? ha!”

Hate to break it to you, but Britain will not be allowed to stick a house hammer onto that ice. Ever.

Just the facts dear (I guess the dry oil wells in your islands are starting to unnerve you huh?)
26 Doveoverdover (#) Dec 09th, 2012 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
@25 A cretin and coward with a sense of humour? Surely not possible, but thank you anyway .
27 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 09th, 2012 - 07:07 pm Report abuse
@26 Dame Dover

“A cretin and coward with a sense of humour? Surely not possible, ”

You're right. Not much of a sense of humour for an amusing caricature.

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