Monday, April 28th 2014 - 08:25 UTC

Falklands Governor Colin Roberts takes office next Tuesday 29 April

Falkland Islands governor designate Colin Roberts CVO will be taking the oath of office next Tuesday morning 29 April at the Court and Assembly Chamber of Stanley's Town Hall. The swearing in ceremony will be followed by a parade at Victory Green, according to a release from Gilbert House.

As former head of the Overseas Territories Directory, Mr. Roberts is well versed in Falklands' affairs

 A Guard of Honor consisting of a combined tri-service detachment of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and a detachment from the Falkland Islands Defense Force will form up at 1000 hrs. Youth Groups will also be in attendance.

At 1010 hrs the Governor will arrive and the inspection, parade and 17-volley salute will commence. All members of the public are cordially invited to observe the Parade, however because of limited space invited guests only are able to attend this ceremony.

Incoming governor Roberts replaces Nigel Haywood who took office in October 2010, the Islands on February 25th. However in the interregnum the post was covered by acting governor John Duncan, who took office on February 28th and left the Falklands last week.

Mr Roberts joined the Foreign Office in 1989 and his latest post was Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia having served as Director for the Overseas Territories from 2008-2012. His FCO career has covered a wide range of roles including European Union affairs, security policy, Eastern Europe and the Far East as well as the Overseas Territories.

On his appointment as Governor of the Falkland Islands, Mr Roberts has said he was looking forward to his new post since “I am a great admirer of the achievements of the people of the Falkland Islands. I look forward to working with the community and their elected representatives for a secure and prosperous future”.

Mr. Roberts is no stranger to the Falklands because of his previous role as Director of Overseas Territories Directorate and some exchanges with Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro.

The incoming governor was also ambassador in Lithuania (2004/2008); Political Counsellor in Tokyo (2001/2004); from 1998 to 2001, head of FCO Common Foreign and Security Policy Department; Paris, First Secretary for Politico-Military Affairs (1997/98); FCO, Head of Justice and Home Affairs Section, European Union Department (Internal) (1995/96); FCO, Head of Gibraltar Section, European Union Department (Internal) (1995); Tokyo, First Secretary for Political Affairs (1993/94); Tokyo, Second Secretary for Economic and Financial Affairs (1990/92).

Mr. Roberts is fluent in Japanese and was a lecturer as the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto. He is married to Camilla and have two children, Oliver and Alexander.

John Duncan OBE who spent a couple of months in the Falklands was appointed HM Governor of the British Virgin Islands in June 2013, a post he will take up in mid-2014. Before taking the post of acting governor he attached to the Overseas Territories Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

He was previously Deputy and then acting Head of the former South Atlantic Dependant Territories and Antarctic Department from 1996-98, during which time he visited the Falkland Islands.

On leaving Mr. Duncan twitted in his last day in the Falklands that its was “great to have seen the huge progress in past 17 years. Sad to leave but looking forward to BVI in three months”

The Governor of the Falkland Islands is also Commissioner of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

In related news the Falkland Islands Government annual reception at Lincoln’s Inn in London will be taking place this year on Tuesday 10th June 2014. Any Falkland Islands’ residents who will be in the UK at that time and would like to attend the reception, are invited to forward their names and UK contact addresses to the Secretariat, Stanley.

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1 Vestige (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 12:51 pm Report abuse
In 2010 The Guardian leaked cables relaying exchanges between Roberts and the US Political Counselor Richard Mills about the situation in the British Indian Ocean Territory in which Roberts refereed to the Chagos islanders (the former inhabitance of the BIOT) as “Man Fridays”.
2 FI_Frost (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 01:10 pm Report abuse
@ 1

And there speaks the voice of Argentina - the most bigoted, racist nation in S.America. Don't take my word for it, go ask your neighbors, specially those with darker skin.

So tell me again, why are you people so white? It is noticeable compared to other S. American countries I've visited...what ever happened to all those freed slaves your ancestors used to keep.....
3 ChrisR (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 01:26 pm Report abuse
@ ! No Vestige of a brain

So that's it is it? That the best you can manage to pull out the slop that you call a brain, then?

Mmmm. At least he didn't refer to them as “Sepoys”, the well worn argie retort, even though they have no clue what it means.
4 M_of_FI (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 01:57 pm Report abuse

So? What is your point?

Argentina, its people and its President call Falkland Islanders “unsurpers”, “colonialists”, “pirates” and not a “people” and therefore have no human rights.

It is just another example of how Argentines hold Britain to a higher standard than they hold to themselves.
5 Conqueror (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 03:41 pm Report abuse
@1 Not too bad if you knew the story. “Fiday” is a Carib about to be eaten by Carib cannibals when he is saved by Crusoe. The “Chagossians”, about to be abandoned by the Mauritian previous owners of the islands, are saved by the British who pay the Mauritian government to resettle them. Considering how the “Chagossians” got to the islands, e.g. slaves of France, contract workers for the Mauritian company, itinerant fishermen etc may make it even more appropriate. Unfortunate that the British governmentdidn't know that the Mauritian government would pocket the money and do nothing. How unfortunate that “Friday” is killed in a sea battle.
6 José Malvinero (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 04:12 pm Report abuse
Comes the new viceroy to desecrate the land of the Malvinas Argentinas Islands with their dirty feet, sent by the despicable genocidal english queen.
The same that made the island Diego Garcia “reservation” to avoid the resettlement of the original inhabitants of the island. Would remind you that the Chagossians were subjects of the crown.
The incredible thing is that the Argentine government still allows a flight from Argentina Continetal to Puerto Argentino still with a “governor” of the ilk of this.
7 FI_Frost (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 04:33 pm Report abuse

.....and what's more José, we're going to fish your sea dry, steal all your oil and take control of all the mineral resources in Queen Elizabeth land.....And you can't do a dam thing to stop zee inglish in your own backyard can you blubber boy?
8 Vestige (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 04:36 pm Report abuse
9 FI_Frost (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 04:48 pm Report abuse

This is no laughing matter Vestige, a massive, nuclear equipped NATO base lies just off your coast... keep watching the skies... its only matter of time before zee inglish [pig dog swine] invade you need to listen more to José.
10 paulcedron (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 05:08 pm Report abuse
so mr roberts was the winner of the last elections?
lol. democracy at its best.

now who is this “honourable” guy?

“WikiLeaks: Foreign Office accused of misleading public over Diego Garcia
UK official told Americans that marine park plan would end the 'Man Fridays'' hopes of ever returning home”
11 Vestige (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 05:37 pm Report abuse
Oh but you err #9
I laugheth not at your comment.
12 Pugol-H (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 05:41 pm Report abuse
Well, Argys know all about having “hopes of ever returning”, dashed.

They live with the humiliation on a daily basis.
13 ChrisR (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 06:51 pm Report abuse
@ 12 Pugol-H
“They live with the humiliation on a daily basis.”

I know and it's GREAT, isn't it?

Ha, ha, ha.
14 toooldtodieyoung (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 07:09 pm Report abuse
Falkland Islands governor designate Colin Roberts CVO

He has quite an impressive list of battle homours:-

ambassador in Lithuania (2004/2008); Political Counsellor in Tokyo (2001/2004); from 1998 to 2001, head of FCO Common Foreign and Security Policy Department; Paris, First Secretary for Politico-Military Affairs (1997/98); FCO, Head of Justice and Home Affairs Section, European Union Department (Internal) (1995/96); FCO, Head of Gibraltar Section, European Union Department (Internal) (1995); Tokyo, First Secretary for Political Affairs (1993/94); Tokyo, Second Secretary for Economic and Financial Affairs (1990/92).

I reckon that the Falkland Islanders are in safe hands with our Colin....
15 pgerman (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 08:14 pm Report abuse

“the voice of Argentina - the most bigoted, racist nation in S.America”?
Where did you get that?

“Why are your people so white?”..quite simple..because it was the Viceroy with fewer slavers of the Spanish Colonies. Or because, as we were not racist, people married each oher so are mixed

So based on your reasoning, since there are not coloured people we are the most racist ones?..quite strange.

In addition, the comments of the new Governor won't be an issue since it seems to me that there are not coloured people in FI. What's the rate of coloured population in the FI?....take care..the very same reasoning could be made about the FI people?
16 FI_Frost (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 08:47 pm Report abuse

Blanqueamiento #cough# What was all that about?

Pre-conquest of the desert ~ 1/3 of the population was black, freed slaves. Where'd they go?
17 paulcedron (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 08:52 pm Report abuse
“Pre-conquest of the desert ~ 1/3 of the population was black, freed slaves. Where'd they go?”
the british ate them
18 nololly (#) Apr 28th, 2014 - 10:18 pm Report abuse
#17 How are things in the Nazi youth league? Skewered any Mapuche lately?
19 aussiesunshinee (#) Apr 29th, 2014 - 01:13 am Report abuse
- Mr Roberts fluent in Japanese??!! shouldn´t he be fluent in Spanish or Portuguese??!! Those are the languages spoken on that side of the world....
Foreign Office must have made a mistake - maybe he was supposed to have been sent to Okinawa or Hawaii ??!! ummmmm
20 downunder (#) Apr 29th, 2014 - 08:15 am Report abuse
Since the Argentine government insist that the Falkland Islands and its inhabitants don't exist, it doesnt matter what language he speaks, he wont be talking to lot anyway! I bet he is pleased about that.

Anyhow, how is the search going, found your “lost malvinas” yet? To lose one island is unfortunate, to lose more than one is just plain careless! If you don't take care of your possessions, then you deserve to lose them.
21 Briton (#) Apr 29th, 2014 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
Desperate argies sprout desperate nonsenses abt a people they claim do not exist, thus their desperate claim then, also does not exist...
22 Pugol-H (#) Apr 29th, 2014 - 04:55 pm Report abuse
Let’s face it, as Gowliter of the Falklands he is not going to have much use for either Spanish or Portuguese, is he. Won’t be visiting many of the neighbours will he.

However Japanese, well think about it, Senkaku Islands!!!!!

China and Arg being best mates and all.

All part of a “cunning plan” for more militarisation of the S. Atlantic.

Oh and the new £200m ice breaker with science labs, will also be equipped with the new hush, hush super top secret Penguin ICBMs and seal torpedoes.

Brought to your region courtesy of Anglo-Satanic world domination.

No need to thank us.
23 Pete Bog (#) Apr 30th, 2014 - 12:02 pm Report abuse
“The incredible thing is that the Argentine government still allows a flight from Argentina Continetal to Puerto Argentino”

So the Argentines have renamed MPA, Puerto Argentino?

Is the Argentine master plan to name every airstrip in the islands Puerto Argentino if they invade again?

If you are going to illegally invade the Islands you might at least rename your conquests with more imagination than that-and before your dementia sets in-the capital of the Falklands was re-named Stanley on 14/06/1982, not that you could make your mind up what to re-name it in the first place.

If Argentina don't allow LAN Chile to fly to the Falklands. the Islanders will get a flight from somewhere else and Argentine veterans will be unable to visit the war cemetery, unless they get there in a rowing boat.

Also Chilean workers will not be able to return home unless they fancy a 32,000 mile return trip-so the workers will come from somewhere else.

And Chile will loose £millions (that's not Pesos which aren't worth losing) of trade-and you won't get any of that trade which will go somewhere else.

Noticed something about the British? When one door closes we find another door that opens instead of complaining about the one that doesn't open. With Argentina-if the door has closed-it will say shut because instead of finding one that opens, Argentina will claim they are the victim and complain forever that the door won't open.

Typical dislocated Argentine thinking, devoid of any logic whatsoever.
24 José Malvinero (#) Apr 30th, 2014 - 03:29 pm Report abuse
Curious. There are some honest Australians, like John Pilger:
25 Pugol-H (#) Apr 30th, 2014 - 05:36 pm Report abuse
@ 24
Yes, but he is not one of them.
26 José Malvinero (#) Apr 30th, 2014 - 09:24 pm Report abuse

Garbage. You are also a despicable racist of shit like your worthless queen, to arrogates God's rights to terminate those people who do not go according to their interests, in the style of Hitler, garbage.
27 Pugol-H (#) May 01st, 2014 - 05:34 pm Report abuse
@26 Jo Malvinazi
What can I say, such a reasonable, well put and rational point of view, I think not.

To mention other people’s right to disagree with you, as they see fit, you will say is “garbage”, no doubt.

Rubbish is the English word by the way, garbage is imperialist Yanke (Long Knife) dialect.

To put it in parlance you will understand, you have no Islands, no balls and no hope.

GOOOOOOOODNIGHT VIENNA, and the fat lady sings.

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