Saturday, February 9th 2013 - 00:34 UTC

Major Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens Tuesday in the Falklands

The 43rd British Islands and Mediterranean Region Annual Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which is being hosted by the Falkland Islands for the second time will begin next Tuesday and will convene 37 delegates with Canada and Anguilla as observers.

Professor Michael Keating will be Lead Speaker on “Arguments about self-determination”

The British Islands and Mediterranean Region is made up of branches from Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, CPA UK, St Helena, Cyprus, Malta and the Falkland Islands.

The official arrival date for delegates, invited observers and guest speakers is Monday 11th February, with departure on Friday 15th February.

The theme of the two-day conference is “Self-Determination and its role in Self Governance and Devolution”.

The Opening Ceremony Tuesday morning will include performances by children from both the Infant and Junior School and Falkland Islands Community School.

The Tuesday Plenary Session on ‘Self-Determination and its role in Self Governance and Devolution’ will be chaired by Margaret Mitchell MSP with the Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC as lead speaker.

MLA Mike Summers will chair the Plenary Session 2: ‘Arguments about Self-Determination’ and this will begin at 1345 with Professor Michael Keating as Lead Speaker.

Plenary Session 3: ‘The Right to Self Determination is not curtailed by Sovereignty Claims’, begins on Wednesday at 0900 chaired by MLA Sharon Halford and will include a speech written by Fabian Picardo Chief Minister of Gibraltar and delivered by the Hon Samantha Sacramento MP.

At 1345 the Open Plenary: ‘Experiences in the Development of Greater Regional and National Autonomy will begin’. MLA Dick Sawle will Chair with Hon Isobel Ellul-Hammond (Gibraltar) as Rapporteur. Delegates will be given five minutes to speak by show of hands.

At 1500 there will be a round up of key points from conference with MLA Jan Cheek as Chair and Rapporteurs the Hon Juan Watterson MHK (IoM), the Hon Tony Wild MLC (IoM) and the Hon Isobel Ellul-Hammond (Gibraltar).

The closing session will be at 1530 with speakers Keith Biles, MLA Dick Sawle and The Rt Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst MP.

All open sessions of the conference will be broadcast live by Falklands Radio. (PN/FIRS).-

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1 golfcronie (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 12:47 am Report abuse
Has Timermen been invited to speak on behalf of the Argentinian Government.
Probably too busy with internal problems in Argentina
2 Gustbury (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 01:41 am Report abuse
that exciting!!!so much to talk!! (ALL OKUPAS)
3 Boovis (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 02:34 am Report abuse
At least the people attending will actually be from the countries they claim to represent, unlike the farce of a charade Timerman attempted to display.
4 redpoll (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 02:42 am Report abuse
Great stuff Keep at it. Timmerman will probably lay claim to the Isle of Man after this
5 dixie rebel (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 04:22 am Report abuse
This prooves that the Islanders do exist.
6 reality check (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 06:53 am Report abuse
Here's t the 100th Anniversary Conference, 20 years my backside!
7 Anglotino (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 07:56 am Report abuse
Publish publish publish!

Considering the programme and attendees, they will be able to frame and elucidate much better arguments and points than the amateur hour that is this forum.

Time to start flooding the airwaves with the truth instead of the twisted version that spews from Argentinean government mouths.
8 ChrisR (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:25 am Report abuse
Don't you just love it when a plan actually works?

Can't wait for the result of the referendum to see what TMBOA and the stupid Jew do next. Suicide would be a great idea.
9 Clyde15 (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:26 am Report abuse
Sorry, you will not be invited to the party as we don't like you. Go into the naughty corner and cry, stamp your feet and tell anyone who will listen that it is not fair.
10 Pete Bog (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 12:35 pm Report abuse
Pity Timerman can't be present when the transplanted Falkland Islanders turn up.

According to Timmerman the Falkland Islanders are all 180 year oldsettler transplants.

Can you tell us your secret?

Do you get everlasting life from drinking the waters of that waterfall east of Mount Adam?

Is it by eating the darker Diddle Dee berries by Mt Adam?

Are you rewarded with long life by having an Argentine bullshit filter attached to your ears?

Please reveal the secrets of your longevity.

Clearly the islanders only have to last another 20 years and they will get a second royal telegram.

Lucky buggers.
11 slattzzz (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 12:41 pm Report abuse
Interesting piece in the sun this morning Tinman is the son of a Ukranian immigrant, so much for his constant spouting off aboutbeing real Rgenweenians
12 brucey-babe (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 01:02 pm Report abuse
@11, slattzzz.
Hector`s daddy (Jacoba) emigrated from Ukraine in 1928 and was a popular human rights campaigner, so much so that the Argie. government of the day tortured and imprisoned him. Looking down from wherever, (died 1999), he must be really `proud` of his son.
13 DanyBerger (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 01:08 pm Report abuse
Is this the 3er world equivalent of the Love Parade?
14 Conqueror (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 01:24 pm Report abuse
@13 No, that's “your” Congress. Where the crooks hang out. Headed by Cuck F*** Koo!
15 slattzzz (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 01:25 pm Report abuse
@13 Is rgenweener the 3rd world equivalent of a shambles, or just 3rd world?
16 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 07:49 pm Report abuse
“The British Islands and Mediterranean Region is made up of branches from Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, CPA UK, St Helena, Cyprus, Malta and the Falkland Islands.”


the Falkland Islands??

The Mediterranean Region???

Someone needs to buy a new atlas!!!!
17 slattzzz (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 07:56 pm Report abuse
@16 I believe it can be quite warm in the Falklands, but not that fookin warm FFS
18 green_hat (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 08:45 pm Report abuse
@14 captain poppy captain silver
islands or no islands, Argentina is anti-british!
19 slattzzz (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 08:54 pm Report abuse
@18 hello suusie another name
20 golfcronie (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:03 pm Report abuse
21 slattzzz (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:10 pm Report abuse
27 days till rgenweener gets told to shut the fook up for ever, and the world laughs at them and fights to win contracts with the Falklands because rgenweener can't do jack shit
22 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:17 pm Report abuse
21 slattzzz

27 days??? Do you hear that Gustbury??? DanyBerger??? Tito???

In 28 days you can take the result of that referendum and shove it your ar*e aaaaannnnnndddd you can f**k off while you do it!!!!!

Remember!! 27 days!!! The world will be watching, and watching how you react to it as well......

My money is still on the tantrums and the hissy fits and the throwing the toys out of your trams.

Go Falkland Islands!!!!!!! Stick it to the man!! ( or woman )
23 reality check (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:26 pm Report abuse
They will not shut up even after the referendum. They will just change tactic, trying to get countries to come out and state that the referendum was illegal. The usual South American countries will come out on their side, they will lobby hard elsewhere.
After the result, HMG must come out and in no uncertain terms announce that democracy has spoken and that there will now not be any kind of talks on anything to do with the Falkland Island. Any and all such requests must be forwarded directly to the Islands legislature.
24 golfcronie (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 10:46 pm Report abuse
my considered opinion is that in the year 2018 ( one year after 1st oil ) the FALKLANDS will have another REFERENDUM. DO THE FALKLAND ISLANDERS WANT TO BE FULLY INDEPENDANT. They could aford to do that by then. They of course would be able to afford the cost of defence.
25 Anglotino (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 12:50 am Report abuse
@24 golfcronie

There is no need to rush independence. Argentina's antics has very little impact on the Islands and would contine after independence. So nothing gained there.

I'm sure the Falklands will look at a funding deal with the MOD when the oil starts to flow.

Also Argentina's attempts at economic sabotage and blockade isn't really working. Lip service by the Chilean, Uruguaian and Brazilian governments is already just that. Wait until their private companies start making money from an oil industry run by a business friendly government with low taxes and no chance of nationalisation.
26 Islander1 (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 01:06 am Report abuse
16- Toodie - A few years ago the CPA grouped us in with the Carribean! We are out on a limb a bit down this way - further away, but linking us with UK and the Med makes more sense.
27 Malvinero1 (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 09:47 am Report abuse
Who cares what the pirates do...
Also Argentina's attempts at economic sabotage and blockade isn't really working. Lip service by the Chilean, Uruguaian and Brazilian governments is already just that. Wait until their private companies start making money from an oil industry run by a business friendly government with low taxes and no chance of nationalisation
AHAHAhah OIl industry in MAlvinas,tino? Where? How?
MAlvinas OIl scam...Poor deluded ex empire..MAlvinas has NOTHING...
28 Islander1 (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 10:01 am Report abuse
27 Malvinero- get real! - Commercial field confirmed NE of us- british Company investing over 1.5billion dollars over next 3 years already underway with concept and design engineeering well underway, contratc letting in a few months time, work commencing in 15-18 months and first oil flow due late 2017.
US and French companies in partnerships will be starting 2nd phase of explorations in other areas to the south in 1-2 years time when they can charter rigs to do so.
It is happening - idiot.
29 Anglotino (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 10:42 am Report abuse
Great comeback Malvinero1!

I'm speechless. It's just impossible to argue with such well laid out and researched facts such as those.
30 golfcronie (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 10:48 am Report abuse
31 Clyde15 (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 12:51 pm Report abuse
Is this loony for real. I can almost feel the enraged spittle foaming from his mouth.
I suppose impotent rage manifests itself when he sees that he is screaming over a lost cause.
I always have a picture of Malv. in my mind when he makes a post. It was of a taxi driver in BA when they heard that theirt invincible forces had been beaten by the despised Brits.
He was incandescent with rage, waving his arms and shouting, A-R-G-E-N-T-I-N-A, Malvinas, la bandera. He knew he had been stuffed by his govt. and us, but could do nothing but give display of histrionics. Something which seems to sum up a certain type of Argie personality regularly posting here.
Enough of this frippery. Lunch calls. She who must be obeyed has set out a plate of venison plus veg. and demands my presence.
32 reality check (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 01:40 pm Report abuse
I remember seeing that scene too, spot on Clyde.
33 Conqueror (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 06:47 pm Report abuse
@16,17 Please, guys. Notice the first bit. BRITISH ISLANDS. Also that the members from the “Region” include Cyprus, Gibraltar and Malta.
@27 Desperation, girlie. Nothing but desperation!
34 bob_99 (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 06:52 pm Report abuse
islands or no islands
Argentina is anti-british
35 briton (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 07:20 pm Report abuse
And Argentina will watch in awe,

and CFK will be sick in her brain,

and there is nothing, but nothing they can do about it,
poor argies, your liars have come back to bite you.
36 Musky (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 08:08 pm Report abuse
@35 briton
Quite so, the truth hurts...

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
-- Winston Church.
37 GFace (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 08:27 pm Report abuse
@36 : But to also quote WC, it does take some time for it to get its trousers on. That said the truth always outs which explains why CKF, Timerman and their fascist little Malvanistas are so scared of March.
38 redpoll (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 09:16 pm Report abuse
Perhaps an option worth thinking about. Dominion status within the Commonwealth for the Falklands. After all Newfoundland , a pretty sparselt populated island was a dominion until the people voted to become part of Canada
39 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 09:45 pm Report abuse
27 Malvinero1

Malvi-Baby!!!! At last you return!! where have you been hiding yourself son?

Let me be the first to welcome you back to the fold and say that the picking around here have been a bit stale of late.... The likes of Think and Tito and Gustbury and DanyBerger have become lost and even Marco appears to have run out of ideas.

If your blinding flash interlect at 27 is anything to go by then we should all be in for a wild ride!!

Welcome home son!! this place just wasn't the same without you!!

29 Anglotino

Do you think I overdid it??
40 Anglotino (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 12:28 am Report abuse
Sorry toooldtodieyoung!

I would have replied sooner but I was too busy blowing up balloons and putting up streamers.

Sorry gotta go again, the Marching Band has turned up for rehearsals.

Now I'm worried that it is me that is overdoing it!
41 Cristina Lopez (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 02:32 am Report abuse
I remember him from a response he made in The Economist
sometimes he uses the screen name of Jonas_BsAs and Ken Ridge
funny gay man
42 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 05:55 pm Report abuse
interesting mmm

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