Monday, February 11th 2013 - 21:14 UTC

Gibraltar delegate to address ‘self-determination and sovereignty claims” at Falklands’ conference

The 43rd British Islands and Mediterranean Region Annual Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association hosted by the Falkland Islands for the second time begins on Tuesday. Over forty delegates have travelled to the Islands for the Conference and Falklands Radio will be broadcasting some of the sessions.

Minister Samantha Sacramento will be one of the keynote speakers

From Gibraltar it was reported that a delegation from the Gibraltar Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is attending the Stanley and is made up of Samantha Sacramento, Minister for Equality and Social Services leading the delegation and Opposition Member Isobel Ellul-Hammond. The Honorary Secretary of the Branch, Melvyn Farrell, will accompany the delegation.


The Conference theme is: “Self Determination and its Role in Self Government and Devolution”. Minister Sacramento will be one of the three keynote speakers at the Conference and will be delivering a speech on the topic: “The right to self-determination is not curtailed by sovereignty claims”. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Gibraltar Opposition Member Isobel Ellul-Hammond will be the Rapporteur at an open plenary, the subject of which will be: “Experiences in the development of greater regional and national autonomy”.


This Conference will be taking place shortly before the Referendum in March in which the people of the Falkland Islands will be asked if they wish to retain or not, their current status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.


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1 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 09:23 pm Report abuse
fantastic, and we will all come together in the british falklands,
the crying will be heard all over argentina,
she was not invited
she is not welcome
she can do nothing about it.

ha ha ha,
2 golfcronie (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 09:39 pm Report abuse
@1 Brilliant but a pity that a representative from the Argentinian Gov. is not attending as they would possibly learn something about democracy first hand.
3 liza (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 09:41 pm Report abuse
only laugh from argentines!
poor idiots not enough rooms in the Malvina House!
by the way, that fat woman with round face wearing cheap looking clothes and long hair looks ugly!
4 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 09:42 pm Report abuse
very true.
if they wanted to be democratic.

when she goes argentina might get a 2nd chance.
5 golfcronie (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 09:59 pm Report abuse
They could always pitch a tent in any one of the numerous minefields that you lot have failed to clear up
6 Anglotino (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:38 pm Report abuse
@3 Suzie

“by the way, that fat woman with round face wearing cheap looking clothes and long hair looks ugly!”

That was my EXACT thought when I saw a picture of Maximo last night for the first time.
7 golfcronie (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:44 pm Report abuse
COR, Minister Samantha Sacramento looks very fit not like the Botox Queen
8 Captain P0ppy (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 11:50 pm Report abuse
Brits get out of the stealen land that doesn't belong to you, but to Spain, thiveves and liars!!!
9 golfcronie (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 12:01 am Report abuse
Poppy is a girls name. Any chance of meeting, you sound incredibly intelligent, Oh I forgot I don't want to two time you with Liza
10 XAVIERV (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 03:20 am Report abuse
Can anyone tell me, how will the new British flag? Because the current flag, we must delete the Scottish flag. Although to replace it, you could include a sheep in some southern colony .. Jajajaja
11 Escoses Doido (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 03:30 am Report abuse
Samantha is a sight better looking than that ginger-nut castro woman they have in London.

Regardless of Scottish independance, we will always remain 'friendly' towards England. The Flag will simply revert to what it was before 1706.

And what have you got against sheep? We Scots love them.......................
12 jonas_Bs.As. (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 03:45 am
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13 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:39 am Report abuse
So will they be serving horse, donkey, kangoroo, camel at the conference?

I woudn't be surprised if its 100% beef (penguin).

14 Anglotino (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:21 am Report abuse
Look at what you have become Tobias!
15 Diddles (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:42 am Report abuse
Look forward to hearing the speach from the Gibralter Minister, Samantha Sacramento. It's also good to see the presence of similar small nations such as Cyprus and Malta also present at this conference. Seems like such nations certainly believe the Falkland Islands, along with their inhabitants, the Falkland Islanders!

As for our Malvinistas, keeping sounding off, you sound more desperate each day as your silly dream of taking over the Falklands slips further away.

Even some of the more independent Argentine media are starting to acknowledge the presence of the Falkland Islands Government. Clarin, probably Argentina's most serious Spanish speaking newspaper these days, has recorded an informative and positive interview with Falklands Legislative Councillors, Sawle and Cheek in London. The interview and the images posted by Clarin do not show Argentine Foreign Minister in a good light. Clarin did some interviews last year in the Falklands which were also very positive in their coverage of the islanders.
16 Monkeymagic (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 07:31 am Report abuse

What you fail to recognise is that current opinion polls suggest

1) the majority of Scots are likely to vote to stay in the Union
2) if the same question were asked in England it would be very close as to whether the English would vote for them to leave

In other words Scotland is more keen on the Union than England.

This should explain to you the dynamics of the modern United Kingdom. We have absolutely no interest in keeping people in the Union against their will. If certain people wish to use the power of self-determination to either stay in or leave the Union, they are welcome to that power.

It is something Argentina doesn't understand.

I repeat the observation made previously. If 19th century colonialism is so abhorrent. If anyone who has settled somewhere since 1833 is a usurper, prior to any discussions, and form of legal debate, Argentina MUST withdraw from Patagonia, must fully fund the setting up of a Patagonian government led by indigenous Amerinians, and fully rebate the mineral wealth stolen from them.

Then and only then can Falklands discussions begin, to which our position will still be that they were never Argentinian.

Let me know when the withdrawal process is complete.
17 Martin Woodhead (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 08:25 am Report abuse
Oh noes the mighty argentinan fleet is coming to steal the falklands well it will when they either refloat it and refurbish it or the nice pawnbrokers let them get it out off hock.
Twenty years times FIG buy argentina as a hobby.
Moments to buy a lifetime to fix real life sim country with the difficulty set to max.
18 golfcronie (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 08:53 am Report abuse
Do not think so numbnuts, I think the poor, which is the majority of your wonderful country ( and I mean that,I have been there ) have been indoctrinised,or told to think Anti-British. You really ought to spend more money on education.Trouble is that all the money is salted away to line the pockets of your Government. How did CFK get so rich?
19 DanyBerger (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 10:22 am Report abuse
Oh! more free stunt going on...
20 reality check (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 10:48 am Report abuse
Wonder who they got the idea from! least this lot are not lying about who they are. Would not suprise me, if they actually put their signatures to any releases
Now there's a novel idea!
21 Simon68 (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 12:49 pm Report abuse
12 jonas_Bs.As. (#)
Feb 12th, 2013 - 03:45 am


Actually this is NOT true, proof of which is that during the Falklands/Malvinas conflict in 1982 there was far more anti American feeling than anti British!!!!!
22 brucey-babe (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 01:25 pm Report abuse
Delete the Scottish flag ? the only thing we delete are our enemies, guess who ?
23 Steve-33-uk (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
'Another success of Héctor Timerman
One of the worst vices of a country's international policy is to be unpredictable. Neither bad nor good; nor of right or left: be not reliable is the insulation safer way. Who's going to be associated with a country that doesn't keep his word, that can change its course without notice, that it is not respected in the craft of diplomacy?
This is perhaps one of the worst vices of the lamentable management of Hector Timerman, who in their desperation to be praised by the President and by the addicted newspapers, is capable of the worst outrages. Great Chancellors of history have been silent politicians, who only sought applause for their achievements at the end of the road; able to keep a secret; imaginative in seeking alliances; eco-experience of its professional teams. Those politicians turned their countries into relevant, is important in international decisions, and therefore provided a great service.
Timerman has been exactly the opposite. Desperate to tops of newspapers, fatally wounded the relationship with America with ridiculous episode of aircraft. Ignorant of the importance of strategic alliances between large countries, attacked Europe and G20 and ran out of partners to Malvinas and other relevant issues. Unintelligent, passively joined leftist delusions of Chavez and isolated in Latin America, watching passively as new regional alignments are generated. Unscrupulous, he ignored the Argentine diplomatic tradition of human rights support according to Chávez and keeping silent accomplice in Libya, Syria and now kneeling against Iran.'
24 Conqueror (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
To start with, everybody with intelligence and honour, e.g. Brits and Islanders, should go to and sign the online petition.

@3 Is that because she's intelligent? Or because she's better-looking and better-dressed than you,sussie?
@8 Doesn't matter where you are, sussie, you're still a thief. The whole of latin america is stolen land. All argies are murdering, mendacious genocides. (Doesn't apply to the sane, intelligent people called Argentines.) Never shake hands with an argie. You may not get your hand back!
@10 What new British flag? Anyway, it doesn't matter. It will still fly over the Falkland Islands. In a new requirement, any argies visiting the Falkland Islands will be required to traverse the first mile on their knees. Apologising for the invasion, the occupation and the war, and accepting responsibility, all the way. They will also be required to sign a declaration that argieland has NO claim to the Islands.
@12 Ready to die for your beliefs?
@13 I believe the menu is mostly argie in flavour. Baked argie. Boiled argie. Chopped argie. Devilled argie. Minced argie (mincing?). Roast argie. Toasted argie. No argie “fillets” as such. Invertebrates!
@19 Remember that word. “Free”. It's something that can be found on the Falkland Islands. It has meaning. It has a different meaning in argieland. It's applied to something YOU've stolen. Like the territory itself. When are you going to give it back?
25 Anbar (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 01:34 pm Report abuse
Hey. Argentina:

“One does not simply walk into the Falklands...”
26 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 01:57 pm Report abuse
@ 3

“by the way, that fat woman with round face wearing cheap looking clothes and long hair looks ugly!”

Looks fine to me, but I've not seen her before.

Everyone can have a bad day ; )
27 ChrisR (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 02:24 pm Report abuse
The countries attending the conference may be small, but they more than make that up in intellect and honesty.

Unlike another country of 40M just 400 miles away to the west.

Says it all really.
28 Searinox (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 02:50 pm Report abuse
Pirates supporting pirates...jaja and they feel happy with that support....what happend with Hong Kong? 7 millions of inhabitants and the UK gave back to China....That shows that the UK only cares about money....It is just question of time that the UK gave back the Malvinas....
29 reality check (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 03:13 pm Report abuse
The lease expired, it's called honouring an agreement, something you lot have yet learned to do.
30 warteiner (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:23 pm Report abuse
@13: British are brainless.

31 Idlehands (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:30 pm Report abuse
30 warteiner

Did you read your own link? Factoring in the products that particularly affect households it comes in at 3.3%

What are the official and unofficial inflation rates in your own country?
32 reality check (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:33 pm Report abuse
Who knows? Anyones guess!
33 golfcronie (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:40 pm Report abuse
I mentioned on another article that Richard the Third was found in a car park in Leicester minus his hands apparently he was clutching Tesco food vouchers. Interesting?
34 Terence Hill (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:44 pm Report abuse
28 Searinox

“What happened with Hong Kong?” The UK leased it for ninety-nine years. When the lease was over it was returned to the leaser. “It is just question of time that the UK gave back the Malvinas....” Dream on, its all losers can do.
35 reality check (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:56 pm Report abuse
How do you give something back to someone who never had it in the first place?
36 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:02 pm Report abuse
Nobody from Diego Garcia turning up then ?
37 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:07 pm Report abuse

Don't be too hard. Their colonial forebears can't work out what 'in perpetuity' means.


He probably Googled and came up with this.
38 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:09 pm Report abuse
@ 27 - 400 miles? .... I have it at just under 300 miles (google earth).
39 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:12 pm Report abuse

And what difference would 100 miles make?
40 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:16 pm Report abuse
Very well, lets make it 200 miles.
41 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:18 pm Report abuse
And what is your point?
42 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:24 pm Report abuse
Whats yours?
43 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:26 pm Report abuse
Oh dear ...... Doh.
44 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:31 pm Report abuse
45 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:36 pm Report abuse
ves·tige (vstj)

Biology A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning, structure that is the remnant of an organ or part.

[French, from Old French, from Latin vestgium.]

ves·tige (vstj)

Biology A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning, structure that is the remnant of an organ or part.

[French, from Old French, from Latin vestgium.]

ves·tige (vstj)

Biology A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning, structure that is the remnant of an organ or part.

[French, from Old French, from Latin vestgium.
46 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:54 pm Report abuse
Now try 'context'.
47 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 05:56 pm Report abuse
You provided all context required ; )
48 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:05 pm Report abuse
Don't get it yet do you?
49 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:14 pm Report abuse
'au contraire' - mon petite troll.
50 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:16 pm Report abuse
Its ok.
51 Trunce (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:21 pm Report abuse
Ok : )
52 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:29 pm Report abuse
53 Conqueror (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:31 pm Report abuse
@30 How should we interpret you? Are you the first wart of argieland? Or do you want a war?
@36 We shot them all and dumped the corpses in the ocean. Just following your example!
@38 Your problem is that you don't know how to measure. Or convert. Or anything really. It's about 353 miles actually. That's measured from an important pebble to argieland. The pebble is important because it measures the closest argieland will ever come to a democratic land!
@42 Argieland. 355 miles and 200+ years short of democracy. Anybody want to visit somewhere degenerate and childish? Required equipment is: a combat knife, a large-calibre automatic pistol and a couple of dozen spare magazines, combat armour and helmet, an assault rifle capable of single shot, short burst and sustained automatic fire with many spare magazines, grenades and an armoured personnel carrier with full equipment. And a personal radio with fully-charged spare batteries. You are now ready to visit a provincial argie village. Additional equipment is recommended if planning to visit an argie town or city. Suggestions include an RPG, an anti-tank missile launcher with missiles, a ground to air missile launcher with missiles, replace the APC with a light tank. Helicopter air cover is recommended. And an SAS squad on standby. You should then be safe enough going out to buy a packet of cigarettes. Always remember the FCO advice for people travelling to argieland. If an argie looks at you for more than 3 seconds; shoot! And don't be reluctant to call in an air strike. There isn't anything in argieland more important than you getting a stone in your shoe! Don't be intimidated. Do the right thing. Shoot!
@44 >:)
54 ChrisR (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
From the centre of the sound between the two islands DUE WEST it is 425 miles to the coast of The Dark Country.

Google Earth.
55 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
“From the centre ” “ANOTHER country.”

53 - “Required equipment is: a combat knife, a large-calibre automatic pistol and a couple of dozen spare magazines, combat armour and helmet, an assault rifle capable of single shot, short burst and sustained automatic fire with many spare magazines, grenades and an armoured personnel carrier with full equipment. And a personal radio with fully-charged spare batteries.” -
56 inthegutter (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
Actually, from Islas de los Estados to the nearest part of the Falklands it's about 210 mi. But what does that matter, the Islands will never be Argentine (unless the Islanders decide as much).
57 Vestige (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
210 < 400
58 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 08:57 pm Report abuse
aaawww come on guys, Argentina is quite a nice place to visit!!!

I spent 6 months there last weekend..............
59 HB_BB (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 11:03 pm
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60 HH_Bb (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 11:32 pm
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61 golfcronie (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 12:36 am Report abuse
Another educated Argy, they have surpassed themselves with their intelligence. Well done.
62 Frank (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 02:29 am Report abuse
@56 Therefore Staten Island belongs to the Falklanders..
63 Elenaeleainb (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 03:04 am
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64 reality check (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 07:38 am Report abuse

If your the alternative,some people might consider that a viable option, but not while there's still dogs on the street!
I took your side here, someone said you would'nt f..k a pig! I defended you and said you would. Don't thank me, no need, you're welcome!
65 golfcronie (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 09:51 am Report abuse
@ 59, @60 , @63
Obviously educated in Argentina,
Whilst in Argentina I came across very friendly and courteous people, and have to admit enjoyed my stay, the trolls on here are not a fair reflection of the Argentine nation as a whole. Most ARG trolls on here have not had a decent education or rather they have been indoctrinated from an early age.
66 reality check (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 10:56 am Report abuse
My post at 64 was totally uncalled for, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the pig.
I am very sorry for my hurtful remark.
67 row82 (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom? YES or NO

Join the debate on

Falkland Islands Desire the Right!

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